GARY NUMAN may have promised “just more of the same really, if I’m totally honest” with his new album ‘Savage (Songs from a Broken World)’, but launch single ‘My Name Is Ruin’ is a mighty and brilliant first salvo.
While ‘My Name Is Ruin’ does borrow heavily from ‘Love Hurt Bleed’, one of the highlights from ‘Splinter’, it features several interesting musical directions. Guitars are less obviously prominent and the Middle Eastern flavoured backing is more hauntingly electronic.
Meanwhile the song features vocals from Numan’s daughter Persia which add a distinctly ghostly edge to proceedings. She even makes an appearance in the superbly panoramic post-apocalyptic video filmed in the Californian dessert; it was directed, shot and edited by Chris Corner aka IAMX.
When GARY NUMAN spoke to ELECTRICITYCLUB.CO.UK in early 2016 to launch the Pledge Music campaign for what has now become ‘Savage’, he said: “I want it to be heavy, I want it to be electronic, I want it to be dark and aggressive in places… so that’s just described ‘Splinter’”.
But if Numan’s twentieth album gets the acclaim and reception of its predecessor, it will be another fine achievement to add to the Ivor Novello Award he has already received in 2017
‘Savage (Songs from a Broken World)’, is released in a variety of formats by BMG on 15th September 2017
GARY NUMAN 2017 ‘Savage’ tour includes:
Cardiff Tramshed (30th September), Bournemouth O2 Academy (2nd October), Leeds O2 Academy (3rd October), Bristol Colston Hall (5th October), Oxford O2 Academy (6th October), Nottingham Rock City (7th October), Newcastle O2 Academy (9th October), Glasgow O2 ABC (10th October), Birmingham O2 Institute (11th October), Manchester Academy (13th October), Brixton O2 Academy (14th October), Brighton Dome (16th October), Norwich Nick Rayns LCR (17th October), Southend Cliffs Pavilion (18th October), Leuven Het Depot (19th October), Paris Le Trabendo (20th October), Amsterdam Paradiso (21st October), Bratislava Majestic (24th October), Cologne Essigfabrik (25th October), Berlin Columbia Theater (26th October), Lodz Klub Wytwornia (27th October),
Text by Chi Ming Lai
27th July 2017