With only 2 1/2 weeks until 2016 ends it’s merciless reign of terror, it’s safe to say that we’ve seen the last of new music for the year, right? Perhaps not. Trent Reznor recently sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about what he’s been up to with frequent collaborator Atticus Ross. The two have worked on a pair of soundtracks, the National Geographic documentary Before the Flood and the forthcoming Mark Wahlberg-starring, Peter Berg-directed Patriot’s Day, about the Boston Marathon bombing. However, the interview starts by calling out Reznor on a tweet he sent last year promising “New NIN coming in 2016.”
When reminded of this tweet now, though, he’s coy. “Those words did come out of my mouth, didn’t they?” he says bluntly. Then he feigns surprise. “Oh, yeah, it’s December, isn’t it?” He pauses. “Just wait and see what happens.”
The interview ends with him being asked again about new NIN music and what it would sound like:
When asked about the mood of the forthcoming Nine Inch Nails record – whether it arrives before New Year’s or not – he wants people to be patient. “That will be part of the reveal,” he says. “I don’t want to spoil it. If I’m interested in a film, I prefer not to watch the trailer. We live in overstimulated times.”
There are only three more weeks of release dates in 2016, and it’s hard to imagine Nine Inch Nails releasing something on New Year’s Eve eve, but considering his role at Apple Music, he could pretty much release new music from the band via that platform whenever he wants to. It’s not hard to imagine him surprise-releasing a Nine Inch Nails album in the same way that they did with albums from Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s a non-NIN song from Before the Flood.