Trent Reznor Joins Danny Elfman For Update Of Elfman’s Song, ‘True’

Courtesy: Epitaph Records

Trent Reznor is returning to his industrial roots…sort of.

Reznor, the mind behind Nine Inch Nails, has partnered with famed composer Danny Elfman for a new take on Elfman’s song, ‘True.’ The song is featured in Elfman’s latest album, Big Mess, his sophomore album. The record was released June 11 through Epitaph Records. The record is Elfman’s first solo album in 37 years.

Elfman spoke highly of Reznor as he talked about the updated take on the song.

“This is the first duet/collaboration I’ve ever done in my life, so to do it with Trent was a real surprise and a treat,” said Elfman. “He’s always been a big inspiration to me, not to mention he has one of my all-time favorite singing voices.”

Reznor’s vocals are just as rich here in ‘True’ as they are in Reznor’s expansive catalog of Nine Inch Nails albums. Elfman’s vocals meanwhile conjure thoughts of David Bowie from the years that he went industrial. The industrial elements and strings pair with that vocal combination to throw back to works from Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails records from the mid-late 90s.

Along with the premiere of the song’s updated take, Elfman also premiered a companion video for the song Wednesday. Aaron Johnson directed the video and created the unsettling visual effects and imagery for the video. That imagery in question are items, such as what looks like barbed wire, a brain, and some disfigured people. This in itself throws back to the days of Reznor’s videos from The Downward Spiral.

While Reznor provides guest vocals to this updated take of ‘True,’ fellow Nine Inch Nails musician, guitarist Robin Finck (also of Guns N’ Roses) provides his talents to the 18-song record along with drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, The Vandals, Weezer), bassist Stu Brooks (Dub Trio, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill) and second guitarist Nili Brosh (Tony McAlpine, Paul Gilbert).

Along with ‘True,’ Big Mess has also produced the singles, ‘Happy,’ ‘Sorry,’ ‘Love in the Time of COVID,’ ‘Kick Me‘,’ ‘Insects‘ and the original take of ‘True.’

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