Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross: Green Lines

Green Lines
Green Lines by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Trent Reznor & Atti­cus Ross are ‘per­form­ing’ night­ly at Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Beth­le­hem for the next sev­er­al weeks. If you’re stay­ing there or in the neigh­bor­hood, stop by for a drink. “Green Lines”, an excerpt from the per­for­mance, can be heard at

~ May 9, 2017 via Nine Inch Nails.

For a while, I thought that Trent Reznor & Atti­cus Ross were actu­al­ly going to play a series of acoustic songs that resem­ble Still from the dou­ble album And All That Could Have Been. A while lat­er sev­er­al sources con­firmed that it was a Play­er piano, which played the track “Green Lines”, that Reznor and Ross have beau­ti­ful­ly composed.

“Green Lines” is a rather con­fronta­tion­al instru­men­tal song which can have a dif­fer­ent mean­ing to each per­son. At the time of my first lis­ten, this song was speak­ing to me in a man­ner that fits my per­spec­tive on life, which is that we will all die at some point in our lives. Every day I go through life as a scared pup­py and I try to adapt to dai­ly life. I try to behave nor­mal­ly with­out being led by these anx­ious emo­tions. For me per­son­al­ly this song rep­re­sents the fear and lone­li­ness that life entails.

What is impres­sive is that the song is played by a Play­er piano, but feels as if it is being played by a human being. It is very expres­sive, and at the same time com­posed with unbe­liev­able pre­ci­sion and cre­ativ­i­ty, which is not very unusu­al for this duo, giv­en their arse­nal of suc­cess­ful doc­u­men­tary and film music like Before the Flood, The Girl with the Drag­on Tat­too, and of course the Gold­en Globe-win­ning orig­i­nal score for the movie The Social Network.

What­ev­er this instru­men­tal song may mean to you, Green Lines is an extra­or­di­nary acoustic and emo­tion­al song that has been beau­ti­ful­ly com­posed in an unmis­tak­able man­ner that only Trent Reznor and Atti­cus Ross know how to achieve.

Lis­ten to “Green Lines” on YouTube

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