Gary Numan Holds a Mirror Up to Humankind with Scathing New Song ‘Saints and Liars’


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Intruder is the title of a new studio album from esteemed English singer/songwriter/composer Gary Numan. His 18th full-length record to date and the follow-up to 2017’s Savage (Songs from a Broken World), Numan has been previewing the record in recent weeks.

The latest sample from the album is “Saints and Liars,” a track that was debuted Monday and features haunting atmospherics and bleak lyrics paired with Numan’s slickly-produced vocal effects:

“Saints And Liars is the earth drawing attention to our blind faith in religion, in a fictitious God, who in reality does nothing for us, while at the same time abusing and destroying the planet, which does everything for us,” said Numan in a statement.

Here’s “I Am Screaming,” which was debuted recently and features more pointed lyrics:

Do you regret the songs you never sang?
A love betrayed and broken
Do you regret the life you never lived?
A thousand dreams unopened

Can you see me?
Can you feel me?
Can you hear me?
I am screaming

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The song follows the January premiere of a music video for the title track, finding the 63-year-old music icon in his essence:

More on the new album, and how it contrasts with Numan’s most recent material:

Whereas Savage depicted earth as a barren wasteland in which humanity and culture had been largely crushed by the effects of global warming, Intruder presents a fresh but complementary narrative. It’s a philosophical examination of a potential future apocalypse: the planet can only survive by purging its inhabitants. Numan explains: “‘Intruder’ looks at climate change from the planet’s point of view. If Earth could speak, and feel things the way we do, what would it say? How would it feel? The songs, for the most part, attempt to be that voice, or at least try to express what I believe the earth must feel at the moment.

The planet sees us as its children now grown into callous selfishness, with a total disregard for it’s well being. It feels betrayed, hurt and ravaged. Disillusioned and heartbroken it is now fighting back. Essentially, it considers human kind to be a virus attacking the planet. Climate change is the undeniable sign of the Earth saying enough is enough, and finally doing what it needs to do to get rid of us, and explaining why it feels it has to do it.”

The track listing:

1. BETRAYED
2. THE GIFT
3. I AM SCREAMING
4. INTRUDER
5. IS THIS WORLD NOT ENOUGH
6. A BLACK SUN
7. THE CHOSEN
8. AND IT BREAKS ME AGAIN
9. SAINTS AND LIARS
10. NOW AND FOREVER
11. HE END OF DRAGONS


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