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 http://www.nin.com
~ 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.