I don’t really collect or have that much interest for physical packages by bands anymore, and it’s not because I don’t enjoy physical editions, I actually prefer them. I just like to travel light and keep my possessions to a minimum. But every once in a while, something special comes along.
When NIN announced their latest EP a few months ago, it was listed as a vinyl along with a ‘physical component’, presented as a blank dark object. This got my attention over the vinyl, so I bought it immediately. At worst I figured it’d be a CD with interesting packaging, and because NIN’s art direction has always captured my attention I definitely wouldn’t be too bummed out to receive a CD despite not be able to play it on anything.
It finally arrived in the post today, and there’s no CD or anything to play the EP with (which isn’t an issue, I got the .wav download at the time of purchase).
I’ve kept a loose eye on forums about it, and had seen a few photos, but nothing too in depth as I didn’t want to completely spoil the process of discovering the artwork myself – Then I read that people are receiving the packages with different variations of the artwork, so I’m uploading here for reference to any die hard fans that want to compare.
It gets messy.
To NIN fans waiting for their package, spoilers ahead.