Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts V: Together (2020) 8.1

Genre: Ambient
Rating: 8.1

Track List:
1. Letting Go While Holding On 9:40
2. Together 10:04
3. Out in the Open 5:16
4. With Faith 9:40
5. Apart 13:36
6. Your Touch 4:28
7. Hope We Can Again 7:28
8. Still Right Here 10:12

Ghosts V: Together was released in tandem with VI: Locusts. It’s a continuation of Nine Inch Nails’ ambient music series that began with 2008’s Ghosts I-IV.

Here we find Trent Reznor exploring soothing meditations with terrifying ambience. It’s moody, brooding, melancholic music for a moody, brooding melancholic year. The song titles suggest that Together is, in fact, music inspired by the solitude and loneliness of trying to stay connected while remaining apart. This is the soundtrack to waking up, staying home, sleeping, waking up, staying home, sleeping, waking up, staying home…..

And while the mundane repetitive nature of home life has been hard on many, the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has been much darker, and much more terrifying for others. And this nightmare is sonically expressed in Together‘s partner piece, Locusts. Stay tuned.

Favourite tracks: ‘Together’, ‘Hope We Can Again’ & ‘Still Right Here’

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