Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have delivered a stunning take on a David Bowie classic, covering ‘Life On Mars?’ for the Watchmen soundtrack.
If you’ve been watching through Watchmen recently, you likely would’ve realised that the series’ music is one of its best features, managing to both capture the mood and help turn it into one of the finest shows on TV this year.
Of course, it would come as no surprise then to learn that the reason for its brilliance is thanks in part to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who have lent their talents to the show and helped to curate a trilogy of exceptional soundtracks.
Now though, their efforts have resulted in an absolutely mesmerising cover of a David Bowie classic, with an instrumental version of ‘Life On Mars?’ being released recently.
Appearing as part of the episode ‘An Almost Religious Awe’, the slow-burning cover sees the grandiose atmosphere of Bowie’s original being replaced by tender keys and swirling strings, turning it into an immersive, reflective piece.
This isn’t the first time that Nine Inch Nails have taken on the late, great David Bowie though. While the two artists would collaborate together for the song ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’ and tour together in 1995, Reznor also covered ‘I Can’t Give Everything Away’ during a live show back in 2017.