released July 6th, 2010
from the album - The Space In Between
from all music
Named after a 1984 Coil single, How to Destroy Angels features Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, former West Indian Girl singer (and Reznor’s wife) Mariqueen Maandig and Atticus Ross. Work on the project began a few months after Nine Inch Nails’ final show in September 2009, and the following spring, the group made their debut with the digital single A Drowning and a video for the song “The Space in Between,” which premiered on pitchfork.com that May. Soon after, the band made their self-titled debut EP — which was produced by Ross, also NIN’s longtime co-producer — available as a free download. That July, How to Destroy Angels was released on CD through the Null label.
It’s hard to deny the influence of Trent Reznor on How to Destroy Angels, the group featuring the Nine Inch Nails mastermind, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, and his longtime collaborator Atticus Ross but HTDA isn’t quite NIN fronted by a female. Maandig’s presence isn’t incidental; having her as the focal point shifts the tone considerably, giving the music a dreamy quality even when things get quite gnarled and ugly, as they do on “Parasite.” Draped in twisted, processed guitar gunk, “Parasite” is recognizably Reznor’s, as is the electro-throb of “Fur Lined,” and the ominous undertow of “BBB,” but HTDA’s debut EP doesn’t consist of dressed-up leftovers from The Slip: some of Reznor’s obsessions remain recognizable, but having collaborators opens up the music and Maandig softens it, giving this EP a different feel despite some familiar sounds.
1 The Space in Between How to Destroy Angels 3:34
2 Parasite How to Destroy Angels 5:04
3 Fur-Lined How to Destroy Angels 4:03
4 BBB How to Destroy Angels 3:31
5 The Believers How to Destroy Angels 5:36
6 A Drowning How to Destroy Angels 7:02