Nine Inch Nails surprise-released two new albums: Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts. Consisting of 23 new instrumental tracks, they are described on NIN’s web site as “two different records for two different mindsets. Download now for free. Stay safe!” In addition to this being a great gift to fans in the time of coronavirus, this is a throwback to the Ghosts I-IV era of NIN when the band often surprise dropped albums and tracks to fans, only to sell limited edition physical versions later on. In 2019 NIN won many awards including a Country Music Award, for Lil Nas X’s and Billy Ray Cyrus’s song ‘Old Town Road’, which sampled the Ghosts I-IV album.
The band commented:
“As the news seems to turn ever more grim by the hour, we’ve found ourselves vacillating wildly between feeling like there may be hope at times to utter despair — often changing minute to minute. Although each of us define ourselves as antisocial-types who prefer being on our own, this situation has really made us appreciate the power and need for connection.
“Music — whether listening to it, thinking about it or creating it — has always been the thing that helped us get through anything — good or bad. With that in mind, we decided to burn the midnight oil and complete these new ‘Ghosts’ records as a means of staying somewhat sane.
“‘Ghosts V: Together’ is for when things seem like it might all be okay, and ‘Ghosts VI: Locusts’… well, you’ll figure it out.
“It made us feel better to make these and it feels good to share them. Music has always had a way of making us feel a little less alone in the world… and hopefully it does for you, too. Remember, everyone is in this thing together and this too shall pass.
“We look forward to seeing you again soon.
“Be smart and safe and take care of each other.
“With love, Trent & Atticus”
“Ghosts V: Together” track listing:
01. Letting Go While Holding On
03. Out In The Open
04. With Faith
06. Your Touch
07. Hope We Can Again
08. Still Right Here
“Ghosts VI: Locusts” track listing:
01. The Cursed Clock
02. Around Every Corner
03. The Worriment Waltz
04. Run Like Hell
05. When It Happens (Don’t Mind Me)
06. Another Crashed Car
07. Temp Fix
08. Trust Fades
09. A Really Bad Night
10. Your New Normal
11. Just Breathe
12. Right Behind You
13. Turn This Off Please
14. So Tired
15. Almost Dawn