With the release of his new album, 'Straight Songs Of Sorrow' just under two weeks away on 8th May, and having previously shared the tracks ‘Skeleton Key’ and ‘Bleed All Over’, Mark Lanegan has shared a new track, 'Stockholm City Blues', a sparse, beautiful, strings and finger-picking meditation on the remorse code of addiction.
In addition to the track, a new playlist has been added to Mark Lanegan’s Vault, curated by Alison Mosshart of The Kills and The Dead Weather. She said about Lanegan’s voice and performance:“Mark’s voice freaks me out it’s so good. And I don’t mean good, like pretty or fancy. I mean, astonishing like thunder and sandpaper and the deepest darkest tone of a bell.
"There’s smoke coming off it and dirt flying out. It flips me out. As far as men’s voices go, as far as men’s voices singing lyrics that slay you- he’s the first to the moon. I mean it. I sang on a few songs with him once, and I was so interested in hearing what he was doing, he and I face to face on two mics, that I forgot where I was and I couldn’t even hear myself screaming at the top of my lungs. I got swept away on his speeding train. He’s a master.”
‘The Vault‘ is an innovative web-based streaming platform powered by Spotify and Apple Music. By connecting to either platform, fans can explore Lanegan’s entire back-catalogue, from the genesis of his recording career in 1984 through to his latest album ‘Somebody’s Knocking.’
The Vault includes Lanegan’s solo material, his work with Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Isobel Campbell, and Soulsavers, as well as his many other collaborations and guest appearances. The platform lays out each key album with descriptions approved by Lanegan himself, giving fans an opportunity to engage further with this beloved artist’s wide-ranging body of work.
The Vault also includes Mark Lanegan playlists created by fellow artists and kindred spirits. Playlist contributors so far include Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Dylan Carlson (Earth) and Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order).