We only just learned about this a few days ago, but tomorrow, Nine Inch Nails will return with the new EP Not The Actual Events. It’s the first music that Trent Reznor has released under the NIN name since the great 2013 comeback album Hesitation Marks, and it’s the first with Reznor’s film-score collaborator Atticus Ross as a full-time member of the band. And today, Reznor has shared the first song from the EP. It’s a stormy, unhinged six-minute swirl of sound called “Burning Bright (Field On Fire),” and it sounds loose and expansive in ways that Reznor only rarely allows NIN music to get. With a song like this, Reznor isn’t making music for arenas; he’s simply letting us hear the sounds drifting around inside his head. It’s awesome. Listen below.
The Not The Actual Events EP is out 12/23, and it’s up for pre-order on the NIN website. Reznor will be on Apple Music’s Beats 1 at 11PM EST tonight, discussing and playing the LP right before it’s midnight release.