It’s been two years since Nine Inch Nails released her last album, Bad witch, but today the band dropped a surprising few records as part of her Spirits collection. Ghosts V – VI are a product of the times: the uncertain world we now live in as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread. “Music – whether you listen to it, think about it or make it – it has always been the thing that has helped us get through something good or bad,” said a message on the Trent Reznor and Atticus band’s website. Ross. “With that in mind, we decided to burn the midnight oil and complete these new Ghosts records to stay somewhat healthy.”
Both albums are available as free downloads on the website of the band and via YouTube; later in the day, they will arrive on wider streaming services. Together, a list of 8 songs is “for when it seems like it’s all okay”, while Locusts has 15 songs, the band says “you’ll figure it out.” Based on the titles of the latter – a few stressful names, including ‘The Worriment Waltz’, ‘Trust Fades’ and ‘So Tired’ – it doesn’t seem difficult to guess the mood.
“As the news seems to get grimmer by the hour, we’ve shaken back and forth between feeling that there is sometimes hope for despair – often changing minute by minute,” the band writes. “While we all define ourselves as antisocial types who prefer to be alone, this situation has really made us appreciate the power and necessity of connection.” Thanks, Nine Inch Nails, for scoring our current apocalypse.