Mark Lanegan Details New Album 'Straight Songs of Sorrow,' Shares "Skeleton Key"

He's also putting out a memoir called 'Sing Backwards and Weep'
Mark Lanegan Details New Album 'Straight Songs of Sorrow,' Shares "Skeleton Key"
Following the release of his 2019 record Somebody's Knocking, Mark Lanegan has announced plans for a follow-up effort due later this year.

His new record is called Straight Songs of Sorrow and features guest appearances from Greg Dulli, Warren Ellis, John Paul Jones, Ed Harcourt and more. According to press materials, the album is meant to emphasize "the extent to which he came to realize that music is his life."

Straight Songs of Sorrow will be released on May 8 through Heavenly Records. Right now, though, you can hear the album's lead single "Skeleton Key" below.

Additionally, Lanegan is set to release a memoir in tandem with his new record. The book — titled Sing Backwards and Weep — arrives April 28 via Da Capo Press. Previously, Lanegan had partnered with Da Capo to release his 2017 book I Am the Wolf: Lyrics & Writings.

"Writing the book, I didn't get catharsis. All I got was a Pandora's box full of pain and misery," Lanegan said of the memoir in a statement. "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."

Pre-order Straight Songs of Sorrow here

Straight Songs of Sorrow:

1. I Wouldn't Want To Say
2. Apples From A Tree
3. This Game Of Love
4. Ketamine
5. Bleed All Over
6. Churchbells, Ghosts
7. Internal Hourglass Discussion
8. Stockholm City Blues
9. Skeleton Key
10. Daylight In The Nocturnal House
11. Ballad of the Dying Rover
12. Hanging On (For DRC)
13. At Zero Below