How to Destroy Angels, Trent Reznor’s experimental outfit with his wife Mariqueen Maandig, frequent collaborator Atticus Ross and newest member Rob Sheridan, aren’t releasing their An omen_ EP until next week, but all six tracks are streaming online (via Hype Machine) right now. Full of twisted atmospherics, glitchy beats and rumbling basslines, An omen_ builds on the dark aesthetic of the group’s 2010 self-titled debut, and takes a few cues from Nine Inch Nails. “The loop closes” sounds like the closest relative to Reznor’s main band, with its metallic clangs, piano thud, and doomsday lyrics like “The beginning is the end/ It keeps coming around again.” Elsewhere on the EP, Mariqueen’s presence tempers the industrial instrumentals, as on the airy “The sleep of reason produces monsters” and acoustic number “Ice age.” Reznor recently told Rolling Stone: “We’ve found a cohesion that’s not as easily identifiable as the things that made it. It feels like we understand more about what this project is that separates it from various other things that we’re up to.” All of the songs on An omen_ feel of a piece, and are sure to tide us over until their full-length comes out next year.
An omen_ is out November 13 on Columbia. Stream it below: