Trent Reznor has launched a new project with Atticus Ross and his wife Mariqueen Maandig called How to Destroy Angels, because Nine Inch Nails‘ maybe new music and his sound tracking or all that award winning has not kept him busy enough. Their new EP, An Omen, received largely positive reviews, Pitchfork heralding it as ‘immaculately pieced together, richly detailed and suitably moody,” while Rolling Stone was left (rightly) wondering: “Nine Inch Nails fronted by a hot femme singer? Why didn’t anyone think of it sooner?” And we were nonetheless pleasantly surprised when we hit “Play” on this new video for their “Ice Age.”
“Ice Age” is almost seven minutes long, and comprised almost entirely of a plucked at banjo and Maandig’s wispy vocals. It sounds at once like something the experimental duo The Books might have conjured up and an outtake from Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumors — delicate and airy until an ominous industrial grind breaks through somewhere around the five minute mark, and it becomes almost creepy when it splinters into feedback in the end. And the video is set perfectly to match. It’s made up mostly of close-ups of Maandig in a cold looking cabin by the ocean somewhere, but it’s dark and desolate (as you might expect, given its director‘s past film credits, namely: The Road) and really beautiful — much like we hope any impending ice ages could be.