Trent Reznor sure as hell doesn’t waste time. He hit the ground running after breaking his major label chains last year, writing and recording a massive amount of new material in a grueling ten week recording session shortly thereafter. The result, with zero fanfare and by total surprise is Ghosts I-IV, a new Nine Inch Nails album.
Ghosts I-IV is a massive, 36-song instrumental “soundtrack for daydreams,” as Reznor puts it, and on first listen I’d say it stands strong with the best in the NIN catalog. The songs range from quiet piano tracks riddled with synth beats and bursts of futuristic industrial grinding to pulsing, neon, beautiful dissonance and reflective, pensive soundscapes. It’s unmistakably Reznor, but Ghosts I-IV pushes the boundaries of what we’ve come to expect from him under the NIN moniker. He’s just using more color.
It’s fucking beautiful.
You can download the first 9 songs for free here, or you can get all 36 tracks for five bucks. There’s also a $10 double-disc CD set that includes a 16-page booklet, or a $75 package that includes two discs, a DVD and a deluxe book. And if you’ve got $300 to burn, a signed limited-edition set is available.
Options are good. And of course, it’s all DRM-free.
Yeah, this shit is good. It’s really good.
This widget is supposed to provide an audio preview of Ghosts I-IV:
But the embed code provided by nin.com doesn’t seem to work in any browsers we have handy.
A working version can be found here: http://ghosts.nin.com
UPDATE (3/5/08): The player works now. Cool.