Published Mar 04, 2008(Hey look! More free albums!)
On Sunday, February 17, Trent Reznor made a cryptic posting on NIN's website simply titled "2 weeks." Everything from tour dates to a new website design to a new album were suggested by fans in the days following, but on Sunday March 2, the mystery was solved.
Nine Inch Nails have pulled a Radiohead and dropped a new album in the public's largely unsuspecting lap with minimal fanfare. Ghosts I-IV is a "collection of almost two hours of instrumental music recorded over an intense ten week period last fall."
The NIN Ghosts website offers a free download package that includes 320kbps DRM-free MP3s of the first nine of Ghosts' 36 tracks (Ghosts I), along with a 40-page PDF booklet and a bunch of digital extras. Reznor himself also uploaded Ghosts I to various BitTorrent clients like the Pirate Bay, but if you want to give the man money for his hard work, the rest of Ghosts is available in a variety of formats for various prices. Five bucks will get you all 36 tracks in your choice of DRM-free formats, including FLAC lossless. If physical is more your thing, Reznor has taken care of tangible album desires with a $10 double CD, $75 double CD with a DVD and hardcover book, and $300 ultra-deluxe, super duper, limited edition four-LP vinyl package signed and numbered by Reznor himself (all 2,500 copies have already sold out).
From the mouth of Trent, on the new album and its method of release, "I've been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn't have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective - dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I'm very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts."