"A Drowning" is the first release by How To Destroy Angels, mixed by Alan Moulder, and is available for download on Amazon MP3. While there is no official labeling calling it Sigil 01, the number is reserved for it. It was covered by Nine Inch Nails during the Cold And Black And Infinite Tour.
HTDA's site had gradually been updated with teaser images and videos, along with an image of Mariqueen Reznor gradually being revealed. Her face was fully revealed on May 4th, 2010, and at the same time A Drowning was posted on Pitchfork.com, with a link from howtodestroyangels.com to the page. Later that day, the link was replaced with one to Amazon.com once the track was available for download at 99 cents. Soon after release, it reached number one on the Amazon download chart.
It was confirmed that other sites would also be selling the track soon after. The first to follow suit was iTunes.
- Music: Trent Reznor
- Lyrics: Mariqueen Maandig Reznor
- Mixed by Alan Moulder
- Label: The Null Corporation
This is the only known version, primarily driven by a dark but relaxed synth bassline and beat loop, similar to the approach of the verses in "The Wretched." Piano provides the dominant melodic content behind the vocals, while heavily processed guitars provide atmosphere during the choruses, which also feature a different bassline. Dissonant horn samples form a bridge from the first chorus to the second verse, while the last three minutes of the song are dedicated to a distorted guitar riff joining the layered, processed guitars and chorus bassline. Mariqueen handles all of the vocals in the track, singing in quiet, reserved tones, and layering wordless melodies over the coda, which filters down the guitar layers to leave the piano line repeating the chorus chord progression as accompaniment to non-chordal notes.
It's the glare from the reflection Making patterns in your eye It's the looking back in anger With every second slipping by Undertow has come to take me Guided by the blazing sun Look at everything around us Well, look at everything we've done Please, anyone I don't think I can save myself I'm drowning here Please, anyone I don't think I can save myself There's a tiny little window Swarms of locusts fill the sky Maybe I just disappear If I can keep my head above the tide Please, anyone I don't think I can save myself I'm drowning here Please, anyone I don't think I can save myself