For those of you who just can't wait for the Sept. 28 release of the soundtrack to David Fincher's "The Social Network," the quasi-accurate story of about the rise of Facebook, be happy Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is behind the music.
Reznor, the release-happy, de facto spokesperson for modern musicians, has decided to let loose five songs from the upcoming film's soundtrack on his website for the cost of an e-mail address.
Judging from the tracks released today, look for the soundtrack to be primarily dark, moody instrumental pieces in line with Hans Zimmer and Angelo Badalamenti. "Eventually We Find Our Way"'s ominous, driving rhythm would fit nicely against anything on the "Lost Highway" soundtrack, while the drum machine and portentous synths of "On We March" recall the best of 70s synth-punk duo Suicide. Elsewhere, the slow-burning piano ballad "The Gentle Hum of Anxiety" mines the same territory as Pretty Hate Machine's "Something I Can Never Have" (minus the vocals).
The fit between Reznor and "Network" makes perfect sense. Since embracing the Internet and online distribution wholesale, Reznor has been a vociferous proponent of utilizing social networking and the Internet to spread the word about new projects. In addition to creating multiple, elusive websites to stoke fan interest, Reznor has left random hard drives filled with Nine Inch Nails music in bathroom stalls of his concerts and has operated a pay-what-you-wish plan for numerous albums.
For "The Social Network," the musician has partnered with Amazon to make the album available for $2.99. A request, based on what we've heard so far, we will gladly confirm.