Ghosts V: Together
Ghosts V: Together (also known as Halo 33) is the second installment of Ghosts from Nine Inch Nails. It was both announced and digitally released on March 26, 2020, during the #STAYHOME initiative in the wake of COVID-19 isolation due to viral outbreak worldwide.
It was released alongside Ghosts' third installment, Ghosts VI: Locusts, making them the only NIN releases to date to be put out simultaneously. They are also the only proper NIN releases to be digital only. The music is highly reminiscent of score work by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and bears little resemblance to the first installment of Ghosts.
The album was released unannounced, with a message from Reznor and Ross on the nin.com website:
WEIRD TIMES INDEED…
AS THE NEWS SEEMS TO TURN EVER MORE GRIM BY THE HOUR, WE’VE FOUND OURSELVES VACILLATING WILDLY BETWEEN FEELING LIKE THERE MAY BE HOPE AT TIMES TO UTTER DESPAIR – OFTEN CHANGING MINUTE TO MINUTE. ALTHOUGH EACH OF US DEFINE OURSELVES AS ANTISOCIAL-TYPES WHO PREFER BEING ON OUR OWN, THIS SITUATION HAS REALLY MADE US APPRECIATE THE POWER AND NEED FOR CONNECTION.
MUSIC – WHETHER LISTENING TO IT, THINKING ABOUT IT OR CREATING IT – HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE THING THAT HELPED US GET THROUGH ANYTHING – GOOD OR BAD. WITH THAT IN MIND, WE DECIDED TO BURN THE MIDNIGHT OIL AND COMPLETE THESE NEW GHOSTS RECORDS AS A MEANS OF STAYING SOMEWHAT SANE.
GHOSTS V: TOGETHER IS FOR WHEN THINGS SEEM LIKE IT MIGHT ALL BE OKAY, AND GHOSTS VI: LOCUSTS… WELL, YOU’LL FIGURE IT OUT.
IT MADE US FEEL BETTER TO MAKE THESE AND IT FEELS GOOD TO SHARE THEM. MUSIC HAS ALWAYS HAD A WAY OF MAKING US FEEL A LITTLE LESS ALONE IN THE WORLD… AND HOPEFULLY IT DOES FOR YOU, TOO. REMEMBER, EVERYONE IS IN THIS THING TOGETHER AND THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN SOON. BE SMART AND SAFE AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.
WITH LOVE, TRENT & ATTICUS
This release differs from its predecessor, in that Ghosts I-IV has no title for any of the four parts, nor do any of the track names have a title (simply carrying the track number to signify which track is which).