Yes, that Gary Numan. The one you probably remember from that iconic “Cars” video from MTV back when they played music videos in the early 80s. Well, surprise to me and maybe many of you, he’s been steadily carving out a career releasing music under the radar of mainstream music all along. And three decades later, we may have his masterpiece: “Savage: Tales from a Broken World”, which plays like a soundtrack of a post-apocalyptic movie that I would go see right now if I could.
Lush with synths and programmed drums that sound as organic and fluid as a cyborg orchestra, the songs on Savage are alternately dreamy and intense, but always haunting. Middle eastern wails and scales add extra spice to the lush soundscapes as the album progresses.
The first single “My Name is Ruin” is probably the most musically intense song on the album, reminiscent of the best of Nine Inch Nails. Other standout songs are “Ghost Nation”, “Bed of Thorns”, and “When the World Comes Apart”. Engineer Ade Fenton’s electronic beat mastery and Numan’s soulful, pleading vocals combine to make a concept album that’s sure to be a future classic.