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Nine Inch Nails Envision Giving EP Songs a Different Narrative for Full Album

Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

With the second in a trilogy of Nine Inch Nails EPs set to arrive this week, mastermind Trent Reznor recently discussed the overarching plan for their music with Zane Lowe. During the chat, Reznor revealed that all three EPs will likely be released as a full album, but the songs may sound a little different by the time the final collection is offered.

“I’m interested in the narrative, and the ways we can present that but feel provocative. Give songs their due, but set them in a place that gives them another bit of perception,” says Reznor (as transcribed by Alternative Nation). “That’s where it is right now, conceptually it gets re-contextualized, all three EP’s, into something that is together, and feels like something different. It’s not just a mishmash shuffle on the iPod, but a different relationship and different versions of the songs. That really depends on when it all gets finished, when the third EP comes to life, does that still hold up? I’m sharing kind of the creative process behind it right now, that’s my secret right there. Wing it, and see if it makes sense at the end, and pretend you had a plan all along.”

Just last month, Reznor had hinted that there would likely be a six to eight month wait until the third EP in the series came to fruition, but in his talk with Lowe, the rocker offered more insight into the progress of the final part and what factors into when we might see it.

“I mean at the moment it’s 0 percent done, aside from some lyrics in a notebook. Really the main factor would be if it is ready, if it feels like it has fully formed. The other kind of more controllable aspects to that are at the moment Atticus [Ross] and I have caught up with the other things we’ve done in our side jobs. Vietnam score’s coming out for a Ken Burns documentary that drops this fall, and there’s a couple interesting film related projects we’re considering taking on. If we did, that may play a factor in the time frame of the Nine Inch Nails third EP.”

Nine Inch Nails just released the new track “Less Than” last week as a precursor to the July 21 release of their Add Violence EP. Add Violence is the second EP in the series, following late 2016’s Not the Actual Events disc. You can pre-order Add Violence here.

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