GARY NUMAN Announces New Studio Album, 'Splinter'
Electro and industrial music pioneer Gary Numan will release 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)' on October 15th 2013, his first new studio album in over seven years. A long-time advocate of artist independence, 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)', will be released on Numan's own label Machine Music. Numan co-produced his 20th studio album with long-time collaborator and producer Ade Fenton and also features some sublime guitar work from Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck. The album was recorded in England and completed at Numan's home studio in Los Angeles, California, following his permanent move to the US at the end of 2012.
Visit Stereogum's Progress Report HERE to read an extensive interview with Numan and to stream the album's first single and lead track "I Am Dust". The song will be available for immediate download with all pre-orders of the album.
Gary Numan's influence has been recognized by a diverse array of the world's greatest artists-from Prince to Lady Gaga, Jack White to Kanye West; Beck to Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Foo Fighters to Nine Inch Nails, many of which have collaborated with Numan and covered or sampled tracks from his vast back catalogue. While Numan's unique, pioneering style continues to connect he has never stopped trying to innovate and his latest album is evidence of this desire to never standstill.
'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)' is Numan's first full-length studio album since 2006's 'Jagged', but the seven-year wait between albums was not something Numan intended. After the critically acclaimed reception of 'Jagged' he planned to swiftly follow-up the album with 'Splinter'; having announced the title of the record many years ago as his next project. But plans for the release of the album constantly changed as Numan went through phases where he found it impossible to write due to a crippling lack of self-confidence brought on by severe bouts of deep depression. Despite this dark time Numan continued to tour, including being personally invited by super-fan Trent Reznor to join Nine Inch Nails during their set to perform several of his own songs including 'Cars' and 'Metal', which NIN had previously covered, on the band's 2009 'Wave Goodbye' tour. Numan also managed to co-write the single 'My Machines' with Battles, and Numan's music continued to stay in the spotlight thanks to bands such as Jack White's The Dead Weather covering the classic 'Are 'Friends' Electric?'. For all his success over the years, Numan has never felt confident of his talents and during the making of 'Splinter' he would constantly throw out ideas and start over again and again. But Numan wasn't only contending with completing new music, his personal life was full too, with a much publicised move to a new home in Los Angeles with wife Gemma and their three young daughters.