Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Guided by the blazing sun

me: have you heard the new project from Trent Reznor?

Bonnie: no
or bad?
i'm afraid bad...

me: It sounds almost identical to another NIN song...just can't place it.

Bonnie: ohhh

me:'s his new wife on vocals

Bonnie: she's hot

me: with music that sounds just like NIN...which is great but just rubs me funny.

Bonnie: yea

me: she is question.

Trent married an alien from Mars' Bai Ling Tribe who goes by the name of Mariqueen Maandig. Mariqueen used to be in the band West Indian Girl, but now that she's fucking on Trent's nine inch (I hope) nail, she doesn't need to sing for her supper anymore.

-Michael K (

My first thought when I heard Trent Reznor's new project, How To Destroy Angels, was: "The music sounds great, but the vocals, well the vocals just don't fit."

I wondered who this amateur vocalist could be.

Mariqueen Maandig Reznor. Trent's wife...and she's no amateur.

Mariqueen was a vocalist for the band West Indian Girl for 5 year span starting in 2004.

Sounding a lot like the Beach Boys on acid, Californian West Indian Girl is the pop answer to the Flaming Lips or Pink Floyd. The band is even named after a well-known strain of powerful LSD.

Download West Indian Girl - Leave Tonight

And then there is this new project for Trent and Mariqueen Reznor. How To Destroy Angels, or HTDA for short. The group also includes Atticus Ross, a past collaborator on Nine Inch Nails stuff as well as a remixer/producer/musician/programmer on many different projects including the Coheed & Cambria's "Year of the Black Rainbow" and the musical score to The Book Of Eli.In a facebook discussion, the group answered some questions from of NIN at least. Trent answered one question about what How To Destroy Angels allows Trent to do that he couldn't do with Nine Inch Nails besides having a different vocalist.

Yes, it sounds more NIN-ish than I believe it will as we progress. To me, HTDA frees me from some of the constraints I've begun to feel (primarily emotionally) in NIN.
NIN is not dead and I am about to work on some material that I believe will be quite different than previous NIN very soon.

Fair enough, and I am not complaining, I love the "sound" of NIN. I just don't get why we care about this new vocalist. (She's hot tho...) The song sounds like an outtake from the album Ghosts or The Fragile. It even sounds a lot like the song The Fragile in my opinion.

Download Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile

Download How To Destroy Angels - A Drowning

If you think you can do better, Trent has made the multitracks for the HDTA song above and the video below available via

Bonnie: here's my issue
gotta re-listen
but her voice isn't that awesome
it's good

me: yeah
it's very much just ok

Bonnie: i would rather hear a trip hop artists singing it
something raspy and sweet at the same time?
or maybe someone wth a french accent

me: i was gonna put in the post...if I can find the instrumentals to this song I bet I could do better.

Bonnie: hehe

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