Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan home
Some songs make you want to buy a rusty old campervan and drive off into the sunset to knit your own jumpers by a campfire: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan’s songs do that.
She, a pale, twee princess and once the belle of Belle & Sebastian and he, one-time singer with Screaming Trees and vocalist of Queens of the Stone Age are practically a modern day reincarnation of Johnny Cash and June Carter. Or Mazzy Star draped over Tom Waits’ piano. Frankly they were made for each other. His deep, dirty vocals match her breathy whispers perfectly, especially when backed up with twangy steel guitars, lush strings, organ and lazy percussion. If their latest studio offering Hawk—a joyous blend of country and folk with a grizzly beauty and the beast twist—doesn’t make you want to head west, nothing will.