A week after Todd Rundgren premiered his somber Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross collaboration, “Deaf Ears,” Reznor unveiled a “Nine Inch Nails mix” of the track. The original track will appear on Rundgren’s upcoming solo album White Knight, out May 12th.
While Rundgren’s official version already felt like an apocalyptic survey of modern times, Reznor’s mix is much more glitch-y and minimalist. According to a previous release from Rundgren on the track, the final song was already mostly what Reznor and Ross had sent him with a few added “flourishes” and of course his vocals.
“Todd Rundgren is a hero of mine,” Reznor wrote in the YouTube caption for the audio video. “His records (solo and Utopia!), his songwriting, his production and his musicianship … all played a huge role shaping me into who I am. Atticus and I sent Todd a wealth of ideas for his new record. He worked on this track and released the “proper” version … We then took what he did and moved it forward (or backward, depending on your perspective) into this.”
White Knight follows Rundgren’s 2015 album Runddans. The LP will also feature collaborations with Robyn, Daryl Hall, Joe Walsh and Donald Fagen.