It’s been over three years since Nine Inch Nails gave us Hesitation Marks. Since then, Reznor has been focused on creating film scores with Atticus Ross for features such as Gone Girl, Before the Flood and Patriots Day. Ross has now been announced as an official member of Nine Inch Nails and a main contributor alongside Reznor on the EP.
Though we’ve heard plenty of Reznor / Ross collaborations in the past, Not the Actual Events promises to sound unrecognizable to the duo’s previous works. “It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make,” says Reznor. “It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”
The EP can now be pre-ordered at the NIN store on vinyl and a unique limited digital and physical component version. Not the Actual Events will be available for digital download on Dec. 23.
Nine Inch Nails are also planning a limited vinyl edition of The Fragile through the NIN store. The four-disc, 150-minute version will feature 37 instrumental, alternate and unreleased tracks, many of which have never been heard before. The Fragile: Deviations 1 will be shipped in Spring 2017.
“The Fragile occupies a very interesting and intimate place in my heart,” explains Reznor. “I was going through a turbulent time in my life when making it and revisiting it has become a form of therapy for me. As an experiment, I removed all the vocals from the record and found it became a truly changed experience that worked on a different yet compelling level. The Fragile: Deviations 1 represents Atticus and I embellishing the original record with a number of tracks from those sessions we didn’t use before. The result paints a complimentary but different picture we wanted to share.”
Trent Reznor and art director John Crawford are also beginning to create “definitive editions” of every major NIN release via vinyl. “We want to present the catalog as it was intended to be, with no compromises,” says Reznor. “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.” Fans can now pre-order these unique editions of Broken, The Downward Spiral and The Fragile.