released April 23, 2011
"How to Destroy Angels (a name taken from the eponymous release by industrial pioneers, Coil), at a glance, is the poppier, synth-crazed side of Nine Inch Nails with a female voice and dark, moody lyrics. For How to Destroy Angels, Reznor chose to remain close to his usual aesthetic, staying within the limits of his comfort zone. It is chock-full of Reznor’s trademark piano lines, synthesizer beats and effects heard on previous NIN releases, and the all-too-familiar gloomy lyrics that made Trent Reznor the idol of sad goth kids all over the world in the 90s.
A Drowning is the last track of the EP, and it serves as a calm and atmospheric closer to a beat-oriented release. Its focal point, certainly, is Mariqueen Maandig-Reznor’s voice, which is subtly enhanced by low-key piano lines from Reznor. Sasha Raskin’s remix takes away some of her spotlight by adding his own voice over hers. Synthesizer beats and effects turn the originally introspective track into a more upbeat, energetic venture, while the orchestral work gives it a catchy, dramatic edge."
- Gabriela Salgado, YAM MAGAZINE
"He’s released a track done with his wife. And Sasha Raskin has done an orchestral remix. This is rather well done, in a slightly melodramatic sense. All breathy and drawn out."
- ACID TED
"Что-то в его треках есть такое, что не отпускает тебя до самого конца (по-крайней мере меня)."
- Viktor Van-River, MUSIC IS MY LIFE
"This very sad and depressive song was not only enriched by Sasha by his vocals, but also by the insertion of instruments and - what is specific in Sasha's remixes - by adding some kind of orchestral nature to it. I really like his thrilling singing in the end.."
- Michał Nowakowski, DNA MUZIKI
Electroacoustic. That’s the word that best describes Jerusalem-based Sasha Raskin’s sound, a seamless blend of classical instruments and electronic noise. Raskin, a multi-instrumentalist and composer, began writing music at 13 in his high school’s music lab.
He quickly enrolled in the school’s electronic music course, experimenting with different bleeps and bits, a sound which quickly grew tiresome to some of the faculty.
“Those highly educated folks frequently visited in order to ask me in not a very classical manner to turn the volume down," Sasha says. “Soon enough I understood why it disturbed them so much…it was the lack of musical reason and the absence of tension and solution. No melody or harmony were to be found, only very raw bleeps of matter.”
Raskin got the picture, incorporating harmony, melody, vocals and organic instruments like bass, piano and guitar into the mix. Playing with different bands and interacting with musicians also gave him a new perspective on music. And the results are an adrenaline shot of sonic magic sure to give audiophiles their fix.
For Raskin, it’s all about giving to others what music has given him.
“Music saved my life. Whether if you’re a musician or not, I guess that in some part it did the same for you.”
- Kevin Clarkston
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B3, One love,
Original song written and composed by How To Destroy Angels and can be downloaded as part of a free EP @ their site: howtodestroyangels.com
How To Destroy Angels is the new project of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, Social Network soundtrack) with his wife Mariqueen Maandig and Atticus Ross.
Remix, additional vocals and orchestral score by Sasha Raskin.
Artwork by Sasha Raskin.