Published Jul 30, 2013Having released music steadily since the late '70s, synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan has detailed his latest album, the previously promised Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind). It's out on October 14 in the UK through Mortal Records, with the North American release likely to follow the next day.
Numan explained in an interview with Stereogum that he has been tinkering with these songs over the past few years, and the album began to properly take shape after he moved to Los Angeles last year. He noted that the material "veers towards the darker heavier side," something that's reflective of periods of depression and money troubles.
See the artwork above and the 12-song tracklist below. Scroll past that to hear the ominously crushing opening track "I Am Dust."
Also below, see Numan's upcoming tour schedule, which, as previously reported, includes a Canadian stop in Vancouver on August 30.
When he announced these shows last month, a press release described the forthcoming album like this: "Splinter sounds like no one else while utilizing new sounds and ideas. Perhaps it's the voice — one of the most distinctive in rock music and often associated with machines and icy alienation, but for those who are drawn to Numan's songs, his singing is strangely emotional, almost soulful in places. And if you like that side of his writing, you certainly won't be disappointed with the new album where there are four or five tracks that set Numan's vocals against moody atmospheric slow-burners to stunning effect."
This album follows 2011's Dead Son Rising, which was a reworked collection of leftover material from other projects.
Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind):
1. I Am Dust
2. Here in the Black
3. Everything Comes Down to This
4. The Calling
7. Love Hurt Bleed
8. A Shadow Falls on Me
9. Where I Can Never Be
10. We're the Unforgiven
11. Who Are You
12. My Last Day
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 Festival
10/27 Washington, DC - The Black Cat
10/29 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/30 Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center *
10/31 Orlando, FL - Amway Center *
* with Nine Inch Nails