Released: Mar 2013
Trent Reznor, Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan sound like they're actually courting angels on their long-awaited debut album. An undercurrent of unease runs through the glitchy drum machines and gritty synth patches; the group's furtive funk skulks like a cat burglar who's just boosted Autechre's beats. But Maandig's voice tends to lead the music back toward the light, balancing somber production with bright, hopeful melodies. They're at their most heavenly on "Ice Age," whose folky plucked strings mark the arrival of an Appalachian spring amid the post-industrial wreckage.