Gary Numan – “Love Hurt Bleed”
Pairs Well With…Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Ministry
This has to be the biggest surprise of this year’s project so far from a personal perspective – Gary Numan’s latest record, Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind) absolutely slays. I previously couldn’t name much beyond Numan’s 1979 mega-hit “Cars”, but there’s little connecting where Numan was to where his is now. Industrial beats hold the fort down through Splinter, with piercing electronic waves for an uncomfortable drama. Not surprisingly, Splinter is one of the most mature records of this run, an interesting counterpoint to the eagerness of young bands Numan will be showcasing alongside of. The crazy thing is, Numan’s record breathes as if it is coming from an artist who is still all-in, approaching his 20th LP like a man with something still to prove.
Not going to SXSW this year (heart = broken), but I’m not unfollowing sxsweveryband because I still want to hear good music! So I’ll be reblogging my favorites between now and March, even though it I’ll cry a little on the inside each time I do.