Late in 2015, Trent Reznor promised that there would be some new Nine Inch Nails music in the world in 2016, and he was still teasing it earlier this week. It looks like he’s getting it in just under the wire. On Instagram, Reznor has announced that a new NIN EP called Not The Actual Events is coming next week. It’ll be the first new NIN music since the great 2013 album Hesitation Marks.
As Consequence Of Sound points out, Reznor recorded the new EP with frequent film-score collaborator Atticus Ross, who is now an official member of the band. Here’s what he has to say about it: “It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.” And it’s not like he doesn’t have a history of making great music in EP form. He did, after all, make Broken.
The album is up for pre-order in either digital or 180-gram vinyl form on the band’s website, if you can get it to load right now. It’s out in a week, 12/23. And NIN are also planning on releasing a deluxe box-set version of the 1999 double-album classic The Fragile. The four-disc box The Fragile: Deviations 1 will include the original album, as well as 37 instrumental, alternate, and unreleased versions of the album’s tracks. It’s the first reissue in a planned campaign of “definitive editions” out in the spring., “We want to present the catalog as it was intended to be, with no compromises,” Reznor says of those. “That means a careful remastering of the audio from the original sources, a painstaking recreation of the artwork, pristine materials, some surprises and an insane attention to detail that you probably won’t notice…but it matters to us. No extra bullshit and gimmicks – the ‘real’ records in their truest form.”