Coming almost four years after his album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) earned the best reviews of his career and his highest chart-placing in 20 years, Gary Numan will next month release his 22nd album Savage: Songs From A Broken World. The long player features his collaboration with daughter Persia, who also provides vocals on its first single, ‘My Name Is Ruin’.
The idea for the theme of Savage: Songs From A Broken World came from a vision of an apocalyptic, post-global warming Earth in the not-too-distant future. There is no technology left and most of the planet has turned to a desolate desert wasteland. Food is scarce, water even more so and human kindness and decency are just a dim and distant memory. Western and Eastern cultures have merged, more because of the need to simply survive than any feelings of greater tolerance or understanding. It’s a harsh, savage environment, as are the survivors who still roam across it.
The album was produced by long-term collaborator Ade Fenton, with recording sessions split between Numan’s own studio in LA, and in the UK. Numan and Fenton’s creative connection goes back to 2006’s Jagged.
The album has been previewed with its first single ‘My Name Is Ruin’. The accompanying video for the track was directed by visual artist and musician Chris Corner of IAMX (formerly Sneaker Pimps). Filmed in the desolate deserts of southern California, it also features Persia as special guest.
The tracklisting for the standard CD edition of ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is:
1. ‘Ghost Nation’
2. ‘Bed Of Thorns’
3. ‘My Name Is Ruin’
4. ‘The End Of Things’
5. ‘And It All Began With You’
6. ‘When The World Comes Apart’
8. ‘What God Intended’
9. ‘Pray For The Pain You Serve’
● Click the Amazon link at the bottom of this page to pre-order your copy of the album.
Watch the interview video below. Thanks to Simon J Webb for the use of his main header photograph, captured at Standon Calling 2017.
● Savage: Songs From A Broken World is released on Sept 15.