Profound, melancholic synth sounds weave with Lanegan's iconic baritone on impactful single plucked from newly-announced 11th solo album
Cai Trefor
12:45 4th June 2019

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Mark Lanegan Band have this week shared 'Playing Nero', an astounding new cut taken from Lanegan's forthcoming 11th solo album Somebody's Knocking.

Lanegan's distinctive, gruff vocal is immediately grabbing; conjuring a darkly ethereal paralell world. The music, written by Sietse van Gorkom (who is an important part of Lanegan's creative circle since 2013), conveys a palpable sense of alienation; knocking at the heady heights of the enveloping impact of Joy Division's 'Atmosphere'. The unearthly ornamentation; slow, tastefully deployed synth hooks, and brooding bass lines are a compelling accompaniment on this track, which has strong repeat value.

Ultimately, in the sea of releases out there, you could do a lot worse than tapping into the latest creative outpouring of this outrageously prolific singer, songwriter, and album curator.

Last month, Lanegan put out more of a rock track and starred in a humorous video to it centering around a non-nonsensical lunatic Uber driver character. The driver character's script - and overall demeanor - is side-splittingly funny. It was also the first time in 15 years that Mark Lanegan has made an appearance in one of his own videos.

We look forward to hearing the rest of the album in due course. It's out 18 October 2019 via Heavenly Recordings.

Mark Lanegan has a UK tour coming up this winter:


10 - London, Roundhouse
11 - Bristol, SWX
13 - Sheffield, Leadmill
14 - Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
15 - Manchester, 02 Ritz

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