Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan to release Ballad of the Broken Seas
Scottish chanteuse Isobel Campbell has inked a long term worldwide recording deal with V2 Records. Isobel, formally of Belle & Sebastian, has spent the initial part of this year completing work on ‘Ballad of the Broken Seas’, the collaborative album recorded with former Screaming Trees & Queens of the Stone Age singer, Mark Lanegan. Although much of the album was recorded with Campbell in her native Glasgow, and Lanegan in Los Angeles, the two actually came together in the studio in L.A. in May to cut a number of new tracks for the release, including a new Lanegan penned song, ‘Revolver’ and a version of the traditional blues tune, ‘St James Infirmary’. Isobel initially met Mark Lanegan in Glasgow while he was on tour with Queens Of The Stoneage. Professing to be a big fan of her music, Lanegan made an offhand comment about how he would love for them to make a record together. Isobel took the idea and ran with it, writing a number of songs with Lanegan in mind, communicating with him via the internet, and posting over tracks for him to add his vocals to.
Artist: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Title: Ballad of the Broken Seas
Release date: 11/30/05
Label: V2 Music
Single: Ramblin' Man
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
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"His voice is rough and a lot of people say mine is angelic," Campbell says of Lanegan. "It's the two sides of the coin, really. That's how we both always looked at it. It's very unlikely. It's a very feminine/masculine thing as well."
As for the sound of "Broken Seas," which features a "quite nasty" cover of Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man" that Campbell says would fit well in a Quentin Tarantino movie, the artist offers, "I was going for an old-school kind of approach. I'd been listening a lot to the 'American Recordings' by Johnny Cash and I'm a huge, huge fan of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. It's kind of sun-bleached and psychedelic, with a little bit of folk or country."
The first release under the V2 deal will be a download-only and limited edition 7" single, due out in the UK at the beginning of December, comprising the pair’s cover of Hank Williams’ ‘Ramblin’ Man’, with a new Campbell song, ‘Further into the Night’ as the 7" b-side. ‘Ballad of the Broken Seas’ is scheduled to follow early in February 2006. Campbell plans to follow that up later in 2006 with a second album; the more folk oriented ‘Milk White Sheets’
Ballad of the Broken Seas Tracklisting
1. Deus Ibi Est
2. Black Mountain
3. The False Husband
4. Ballad Of The Broken Seas
6. Ramblin' Man
7. (Do You Wanna) Come Walk With Me?
8. Saturday's Gone
9. It's Hard To Kill A Bad Thing
10.Honey Child What Can I Do?
11. Dusty Wreath
12. The Circus Is Leaving Town
"Ballad of the Broken Seas" by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan - release date: 11/30/05..