Numan released his 22nd studio album titled SAVAGE (SONGS FROM A BROKEN WORLD). He's a busy guy. A self-proclaimed ''one man band,'' Numan has always been something of an outlier living on his own terms. These days he manages himself, so has to balance being the artist with all manner of other duties; booking shows, designing flyers, endless scheduling. A mark of overcoming that challenge is currently slightly red and raised on his forearms. The lyrics of the new album's opening track ''Ghost Nation'' are now tattooed there, a reminder of the past 18 months of writing and recording in a studio at the side of his garden.
SAVAGE is set in a post global warming, apocalyptic, 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.
1. It Will End Here
1. The Promise
2. If We Had Known