Last week, Nine Inch Nails
fans got a pleasant surprise when Trent Reznor confirmed that the band's new EP, Add Violence
, will be out on Friday, July 21. Even better, he dropped a new single, "Less Than," which is also the first track on the five song EP. As if Reznor wanted to make sure that the upcoming release would remain in everyone's thoughts throughout the week, yesterday he put out a second track, "This Isn't The Place." Fans will surely be interested by what they hear in this new song, because while it, of course, sounds like it was born from the same mould as "Less Than," it also sounds like it was recorded with a different sensibility in mind. Both songs feature the synthetic bleeps and bloops that fans will remember from plenty of NIN songs, most notably Hesitation Marks
tracks like "Copy of a," but whereas "Less Than" sounded like a return to the poppier, more straightforward releases in Nine Inch Nails' discography, "This Isn't The Place" is not for the impatient. Half of the song is an incredibly dramatic, instrumental build-up. In fact, it takes a full two minutes for Trent Reznor's vocals to come in. All of it leads towards an emotional, reserved conclusion, and ultimately "This Isn't The Place" is a reminder of how talented Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are at creating breathtakingly beautiful sonic landscapes.
Also, fans will want to watch the video that accompanies the song. There are some small hints towards another Nine Inch Nails album: Year Zero
, which turned ten this year. So, you know, take from that what you will.