How to destroy angels_ recently released their sophomore EP An omen_, which is only available digitally or on vinyl. The six-track EP is currently streaming online, and you can find it below. After a couple of listens, nothing here stands out as much as upbeat numbers like ‘Parasite’ or ‘Fur Lined’ from the 2010 self-titled EP; instead we get consistently low-key brooding on ambient tracks such as ‘Keep it Together‘, with vocals that barely register (although Trent Reznor’s production is typically flawless). Taken as a whole, both EP’s hint at what could be a promising and potentially cool debut album, but unfortunately An Omen_ doesn’t strike me as essential listening and Mariqueen Maandig is yet to impress as the project’s lead vocalist. Today the group released a new video for the acoustic track ‘Ice Age’, directed by frequent Nick Cave collaborator John Hillcoat, and it finds Maandig sitting in an old-fashioned cabin and fixating on something ominous out the window while she sings as Reznor, Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan play in the background. More impressive is Reznor’s recent instrumental theme for the game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which displays some of the cinematic bombast of The Fragile-era Nine Inch Nails, and you can also find that below.
An omen_ is out now. Stream it below.
Watch the video for ‘Ice Age’ below (via COS).
Listen to Trent Reznor’s ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II Theme’ below.