Gary Numan announces new album, Splinter, stream “I Am Dust”


    Electro pioneer Gary Numan will return with his first album of original material in seven years, Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), on October 15th via his own Machine Music label. It marks the proper follow-up to 2006’s Jagged as Numan’s 2011 release, Dead Son Rising, was comprised of rehashed demos.

    The album was recorded in Numan’s home studio in Los Angeles with producer Ade Fenton, and features contributions from Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck. According to a press release, the 12-track album is full of “classic Numan melodies and vocal delivery,” referencing industrial and Arabian influences alongside his most personal lyrics to date.

    Numan first announced plans for Splinter shortly after the release of Jagged in 2006. But after bouts with writer’s block and severe depression, not to mention the birth of three daughters, he put the album on hold. Thanks to a recent uptick in activity, including opening up for Nine Inch Nails for a string of tour U.S. dates and collaborating with Battles on the Gloss Drop track “My Machines”, Numan found the creative spark necessary to finish writing and recording the album earlier this year. Numan spoke extensively with Stereogum about the album’s arduous recording process.


    As the lead single, Numan’s release album opener “I Am Dust”. No doubt mirroring the emotional storm Numan’s weathered, the track begins with the malevolent shrieks of mangled drums and synth, eventually reaching levels comparable to the roar of some ancient leviathan. But amid all the darkness, Numan’s haunted wail breaks through, sounding as fresh and resilient as ever even as the maelstrom threatens to swallow him. It’s just another reminder that despite his up’s and down’s of the last half-plus-decade, Numan won’t go down without a fight.

    In support of the album, Numan will tour across the U.S. throughout the fall, including two dates supporting NIN and gigs at Bumbershoot and Mountain Oasis. Consult the full schedule below.

    Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) Tracklist:
    01. I Am Dust
    02. Here In The Black
    03. Everything Comes Down To This
    04. The Calling
    05. Splinter
    06. Lost
    07. Love Hurt Bleed
    08. A Shadow Falls On Me
    09. Where I Can Never Be
    10. We’re The Unforgiven
    11. Who Are You
    12. My Last Day


    Gary Numan 2013 Tour Dates:
    08/28 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
    08/29 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
    08/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
    08/31 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
    09/01 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    09/03 – Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
    09/04 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
    10/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
    10/26 – Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
    10/27 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
    10/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    10/30 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center *
    10/31 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center *

    * = w/ Nine Inch Nails