The Space In Between
Label: The Null Corporation
Since the band's inception, they had tweeted cryptic images, varying from smashed glass to flowers. The pictures culminated in an image of fire followed by the band tweeting that something would be there in "a few minutes" on May 14th 2010.
About 2 hours later, the video for "The Space In Between" was released via Pichfork Media. The following day, the band updated their website, YouTube and Vimeo profiles with a hi-definition (480p, 780p and 1080p) version of the video.
The guitar performance in this song was also featured prominently in an early teaser video which can be found here.
The official EP edition lists the track's BPM as 74.
The Space In Between
This is the album and video version. After opening with a looped drumbeat, ambient and delayed guitars enter, followed by a deep synth strings bassline and Mariqueen's softly-sung verse. The chorus features more guitars layered on top of the differing bassline and harmonized vocals, followed by a second verse characterized by echoing Swarmatron manipulations. Even more guitars enter for the final chorus, which builds its harmonies as it repeats twice, matching the building layers of guitars. The entirety of the song cuts off suddenly at the end of the second chorus repetition.
Between The Spaces
The video, directed by Rupert Sanders (who is primarily known for creating video game advertisements) is set in a hotel room, and opens to the corridor outside. It cuts to a shot of an ajar door, and of an over-running sink, to show that something surprised the room. Once the vocals come in, we are given a shot of a recently-murdered (albeit singing) Bride (Mariqueen Reznor) sitting against a bed, surrounded with blood. Following close up shots show that a struggle had occurred, and show a long-burning candle near a stack of papers. A shot of another, unmoving, dead body, that of the Groom (Trent Reznor) in a pool of his own blood.
We are then shown a woman (Molly McDowell) speaking on the phone, and a man (Atticus Ross) watching motorbike racing on the hotel's television. The air are totally oblivious to the scene beside them despite the carnage. The video shows the weapons beside both the Bride and the Groom (a glass and knife respectively), to convey to the viewer that they killed each other. The video cuts to show the candle has ignited the stack of papers, and gives us the close up of the murdered man's face.
The remainder of the video shows the spread of the fire engulfing the corpses and their half of the room, and the apparent nonchalance of the supposed murderers. The video also reveals that there is apparently another man in the bathroom, but only his feet and hands are ever seen. The video cuts out abruptly as the Bride and Groom are totally consumed by the fire.
Director Rupert Sanders has said that this video is a metaphor for how neglect can allow love to die, symbolised by the self destruction of the married couple, totally ignored by the pair opposite. The video can also be seen as a partial rebuke towards much of the negative response that Mariqueen and Trent Reznor received after their engagement was made public, a reminder that everyone is human and that everyone can be hurt.
HTDA uploaded images of the "making of" process to the video, showing the use of mannequins and fire placement to bring the video to life.
The band slowly released cryptic images via their twitter account, which culminated in the release of the video for The Space In Between, the images being revealed to be shots taken from the video's set.
All our blood lying on the floor Sense the crowd expecting something more. Opened up, proudly on display, What we try so hard to hide away Blinding light illuminates the scene Try to fill the spaces in between Arms entwined in our final pose Narrative drawing to a close Still remain the things we couldn't kill In your eyes I can see it still How we choose the framing of the scene Hate begins to spill across the screen Blinding light illuminates the scene Try to fill the spaces in between