A dark American rock veteran and respected songwriter and musician, Mark Lanegan, has announced the release of a new solo album “Straight Songs Of Sorrow” via the Heavenly Recordings label. The official release of the album has been confirmed for May 8, 2020.
The upcoming album will host a number of faces from the rock scene such as Greg Dulli, Warren Ellis, John Paul Jones and Ed Harcourt, among others. The release itself will combine the musical elements of early Lanegan albums with synthesized performances of later works. The news of the new album is accompanied by the latest single Skeleton Key, a heavy 7-minute bluesy song full of intense lyrics about loss and suffering.
The 15 new songs on the album are inspired by his life story, which he has documented in new memoirs entitled Sing Backwards And Weep.
The book has been described as brutal and edgy, most notably because of Lanegan's relentless sincerity in remembering a journey that began from troubled young days in eastern Washington, through a drug era in the midst of the Seattle rock scene of the 1990s, to the rescue he felt at dawn 21st Century. The memoir depicts the struggle to find peace, while the new album emphasizes the realization that music is his life. Death and tragedy on the one hand, and humor and hope on the other.
“Writing a book, I did not experience catharsis” Lanegan tells you “All I got was a Pandora's box full of pain and misery. I remembered the shit I put away 20 years ago. I started writing these songs as soon as I finished the book and realized that there was a depth of emotion as they were all related to the memories from the book. I felt relieved to return to the music. I realized that these poems are a gift of a book. I'm really proud of this album. “
This will be Lanegan's second release in the last year, as he has us with a praised, up-to-date piece Somebody's Knocking honored last October.
You can get the current album “Somebody's Knocking” at Dancing Bear stores in Zagreb, Split, Osijek and through the Dancing Bear web shop (LP Edition i CD Edition), where the forthcoming edition of Straight Songs Of Sorrow will be available.
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