Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails have shared their lengthy new instrumental track titled “Outside”, which is featured on the soundtrack to the new Netflix film, Bird Box. The eerie 13-minute recording perfectly captures the spirit of the buzzed-about psychological thriller right down to the core, heightening the listener’s emotional sensitivity when watching the eerie new film.Bird Box, for those who may not be up to date on the latest news in pop culture, is a new film starring Sandra Bullock where a mysterious unseen presence drives people to suicide. Pretty intense, right? So who better to call to help score such violent weirdness than Reznor and Ross, who have notably collaborated on various Hollywood film scores in recent years, including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in 2011 and Gone Girl in 2014.The nearly 13-minute piece begins with soft piano notes being played very ominously and softly, setting the groundwork for the possibility of more intense themes beyond the horizon. Sounds of spirits or faint voices can also be heard as the instrumental continues to build into the string sections around the 4:00-minute mark. It isn’t until halfway through at 6:25 when the intimidating low-end notes come in to really drive home the horror one would face in such a fictional predicament.The entire recording can be heard in the audio-only video below, shared by Reznor earlier this week.Nine Inch Nails – “Outside” – Bird Box Soundtrack[Video: Null Corp]“Like all soundtrack records we release, we aim for these to play like albums that take you on a journey and can exist as companion pieces to films and as their own separate works,” Reznor and Ross explain about the recording in a statement on their website. “We created a significant amount of music and conceptual sound for ‘Bird Box,’ a lot of which never made it to your ears in the final version of the film. We’ve decided to present you with this version of the soundtrack record that represents what ‘Bird Box’ is to us.”The statement also goes on to reveal that a more expansive and “self-indulgent” physical copy with an additional hour of music will arrive sometime this spring.Nine Inch Nails recently wrapped their Cold And Black And Infinite North American concert tour back in December, which saw them promote their 2018 studio album, Bad Witch.
COUNCIL BLUFFS — President Donald Trump will be in Iowa today, facing criticism over his recent threat to raise tariffs on all products from Mexico.The move prompted Mexican officials to agree to work with the U.S. in stopping the flow of immigrants across the border, and Trump responded by dropping the tariff threat. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has heard those who say the president’s tactics were questionable.“The president is successful through these negotiations,” Grassley says. “Whatever tools he used, I might not even agree with those tools, but by golly, you gotta’ admit that they worked.” The president threatened a 5% tariff on Mexican imports initially, with the amount rising to a 25% tariff by October. We’ll never know if Trump would have followed through on that significant threat, and critics charge the president was “crying wolf.”“He’ll just have to face the criticism and I can disagree with the criticism but it’s a fact of life that this president’s going to be criticized for the next 18 months that he’s president,” Grassley says, “and he’ll probably be president for another four years beyond that.”Grassley says even if you don’t like his methods, the president is getting results. “He’s a president that ran on a platform, he’s carrying out that platform,” Grassley says. “A lot of politicians don’t do that and controlling the border was one of the things he run on.”Trump will tour a Council Bluffs ethanol plant this afternoon, then he’ll go to West Des Moines for a Republican Party of Iowa fundraiser.