Still swathed in darkness, Gary Numan seems to be enjoying his late-career resurgence, and rightfully so. His live shows are charged with fire and vitality, and his twentieth studio album, Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind), was among the best albums of 2013, in addition to being a refreshingly candid musical confessional.
Having replaced his highly innovative, alien guise for a more humanized persona, Numan’s music has become bleaker but less concealed. The dark and luminous I Am Dust provides a great illustration of Numan’s sharp turn from hesitant humanoid hiding behind machines to unabashed cynic in search of more. The music swells with fatalism, the lyrics cry out, and the newly released video, directed by another of Numan’s musical descendants, IAMX, romanticizes these black palettes to an even greater extent.
Watch the video below.
To contrast this new likeness of Numan’s with an older, different, equally frightening visage, here is Are ‘Friends’ Electric? with Tubeway Army.