Gary Numan’s Portentous New Single ‘Intruder’ Imagines Earth Lashing Out at Humanity
When we last spoke to Gary Numan in the autumn of 2017, he had just released his pointedly portentous new album Savage, which imagined a future in which climate change had already lain waste to Earth, and humanity had been forced into survival mode.
Curiously, after four years of the ruthless Trumpist gutting of environmental regulations, the synth-pop icon has chosen to chronologically backtrack to the present – and take the point of view of the planet itself. Indeed, new album Intruder (due out May 21) is told from the perspective of an enraged Earth – the living organism mankind has so cruelly ravaged – in deciding how it might possibly avert the looming Apocalypse.
The just-released first single is also titled ‘Intruder,’ and it opens with an eerily creeping beat and piercing, sinister synth blasts…before Numan takes that character of Mother Earth, and threateningly levies his accusations at those who have caused her so much pain in the name of “progress.”
“I can listen to you scream / Pretty music to my ears / I can listen to it all day, if you want me to now / I can talk about my world, how you brought about ruin.”
In the accompanying video, Numan quite effective employs body language to chillingly articulate the rage the planet has exhibited in recent years, with the terrifying escalation of natural disasters worldwide. Indeed, he writhes furiously against disquieting flashes of light, amidst all the metaphorical blackness.
“If Earth could speak and feel things the way we do,” he posits, “what would it say? How would it feel? The songs, for the most part, attempt to be that voice. The planet sees us as its children now grown into callous selfishness, with a total disregard for its well being. It feels betrayed, hurt, ravaged and heartbroken, and it is now fighting back. 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.”
Sadly, there is no vaccine against human greed and indifference.