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Mark Lanegan shares a single from his memoir-inspired LP

Mark Lanegan is releasing new music not even a year after his last LP.

Mark Lanegan

Less than a year after releasing his last album Something’s Knocking, Lanegan announced a new album and shared his first single. As Rolling Stone writes, he was inspired to record the album while writing his memoir.

The new album, Straight Songs of Sorrow is out on May 8th, a week after artist's memoir Sing Backwards and Weep hits the shelves. Yesterday (February 19th) Lanegan shared the first single titled 'Skeleton Key'. It's a seven-minute long track that reminds of his nineties output.

“Writing the book, I didn’t get catharsis,” Lanegan said in a statement. “All I got was a Pandora’s box full of pain and misery. I went way in and remembered shit I’d put away 20 years ago. But I started writing these songs the minute I was done, and I realized there was a depth of emotion because they were all linked to memories from this book. It was a relief to suddenly go back to music. Then I realized that was the gift of the book: these songs. I’m really proud of this record.”


Lanegan’s rich group of collaborators on Straight Songs of Sorrow include Gutter Twins bandmate Greg Dulli, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Lamb of God’s Mark Morton, the Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis, Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Ed Harcourt, Peter Hook’s son Jack Bates, and Lanegan’s wife, Shelley Brien.

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