Doing press for an album (or movie, TV show, or book for that matter) can seem to get pretty exhausting for an artist. As Trent Reznor puts it in the opening of the Hesitation Marks bonus recording, “Trent Reznor In Conversation With…,” he was at a loss when trying to find someone for this lengthy interview.
“You get asked the same questions quite often, maybe in different variations, but the answers start to come out the same and if you are someone interested enough in Nine Inch Nails to be listening to this then you may have heard those answers,” Reznor softly says into his audio recorder.
So instead of finding someone do interview him for this, the man behind Nine Inch Nails opted to just talk by himself for just shy of 45 minutes. At 11 minutes in, after talking about working on his laptop and then fleshing things out with Atticus Ross, he shares one of the early demos of “one of my favorite tracks that didn’t make the record, it didn’t get finished.” The instrumental track falls completely in line with the minimalist feel that Reznor was trying to make on the new album and would sound right at home on one of the Ghosts records, or one of Reznor’s film scores. He does add afterward that he may finish the track at some point, in which case, “pretend you didn’t hear that as a demo.” Check it out below.
Hesitation Marks is out next week on Columbia, read out Premature Evaluation of the record here.