Nine Inch Nails recently announced Add Violence, the second entry in a planned trilogy of EPs that began with last December's Not the Actual Events. After sharing the roiling first single "Less Than," Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have unveiled "This Isn't The Place" another cut off the five-track collection, which hits shelves this Friday (July 21) via Columbia. Whereas the preceding track found the band throwng an industrial-rock temper tantrum, the latest taste of Add Violence is a throwback to the dark ambient soundscapes Reznor and Ross conjured on 2008's Ghosts I-IV: eerie pianos, synths, sparse drum machines, and, somewhere down in the shadowy depths, Reznor's ghostly falsetto. Hear the track (which arrives alongside a visualizer directed by Alex Lieu) below.
In other Nine Inch Nails-related news, Reznor recently spoke with Beats 1 host Zane Lowe about Add Violence and the broader body of work that it's situated within. "I'm interested in the narrative, and the ways we can present that, but feel provocative: giv[ing] songs their due, but set[ting] them in a place that gives them another bit of perception," he said. "Conceptually, it gets re-contextualized–all three EPs–into something that is together, and feels like something different." The complete project won't showcase a "mishmash shuffle on the iPod," he added, but rather a "different relationship" between the songs themselves with remodified versions of the songs." Reznor also provided an update on the trilogy's final installment, describing it as "0 percent done, aside from some lyrics in a notebook." In the meantime, we'll just have to make do with Add Violence.