Gary Numan has announced that he’s begun planning for his new album, the follow up to 2017’s magnificent Savages (Songs From a Broken World). Much like the previous album, he’ll be using a fund-raising campaign for the album, though this time he is opting for the Making Music platform over Pledgemusic. Find more information on his Making Music campaign page.
So far he’s released one video for the campaign, introducing the new album and giving some background on this new effort. Click to his Making Music page above to view it, as it’s exclusive to that site. In the video, he promises text, video and audio updates on the new album.
Excited, & relieved, to announce that the Making Music pre-order campaign for my next album will launch tomorrow (Friday March 22) at midday UK time. If you want to watch the new album take shape or buy some rare things, just go to this address tomorrow: https://t.co/rJMQXbd6Zl pic.twitter.com/vBUXj4Tczy
— Gary Numan (@numanofficial) March 21, 2019
— Gary Numan (@numanofficial) March 22, 2019
For $8, you can buy a Making Music pass for the album, allowing you to view all materials Numan releases for the album without actually buying anything else. From that level you can purchase a digital download of the album for $11, $20 for a deluxe CD, $40 for a double picture disc vinyl copy of the album. Those willing to spend upwards of $400 will be able to get a test pressing of the new album, or for over $800 you can get tickets to a UK listening party. You can even buy music notation and lyric sheets, or a piece of studio hardware.
— Gary Numan (@numanofficial) March 27, 2019
According to his lastest Tweet, the latest update will include new music from the sessions. Savages was one of the best albums of 2017. It landed at number five on our list that year, with the song “My Name Is Ruin” also coming in at #5 on our Top 50 Best Songs of 2017 list.
Numan’s move from Pledgemusic to Making Music for his new album follows the narrative of the former company’s recent struggles. Artists have reported late payments from the platform, which provides musicians a way to raise funds during the album-creation process, freeing them from the binds of a record deal and allowing their audiences to get a closer look at their creative process. Alt-rock band Failure has gone so far as to tell their fans they’ll never get the merchandise they paid for during the campaign for In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind. They suggested fans report the purchases to their credit card company to get their money back.
There were clearly issues that Numan also experienced with the platform. “I very much hope that the problems some of you had with Pledge will be entirely absent with Making Music,” he said in the statement on his Making Music campaign.
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