Monday, July 31, 2006

Isobel Campbell: WXPN Live Performance

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan's Ballad Of The Broken Seas has received a lot of well deserved praise from music critics and fans. Here's the artists' description of the project:
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.

"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."
Any project involving Mark Lanegan is a winner in my book, and this record is no exception. Campbell stopped by WXPN a while back to promote the record, and though her pal Lanegan was not present, she did have a friend from Glasgow join her to sing Lanegan's parts. The interview segments are well worth listening to if only because of Campbell's voice. I could listen to her beautiful Scottish lilt for days and be completely mezmorized.
Isobel Campbell
WXPN Live Performance

Interview #1
Interview #2
Ramblin' Man
Interview #3
Might Have Been
Band Intros
Honey Child What Can I Do?

Download the set here.



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