Mark Lanegan – Nocturne (single) review

Mark Lanegan has returned with the dark and brooding ‘Nocturne’.

We’ve been a big fan of Lanegan’s work from Screaming Trees and Queens Of The Stone Age, through to his solo work and numerous collaborations.

‘Nocturne’ is the first single from the new album ‘Gargoyle’ to be released later this year.

The song feels like a nod to Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave with Lanegan’s deep, broken vocals singing lyrics like “Do you miss me, miss me darling? God knows I miss you”.

It’s Gothic and morbid tune, with synths, a low bass line and blues guitar.

It’s not hard to see why Lanegan is considered a legend by many – and this single is a step in a different direction to his alt-rock style, a brave move late in his career.

Speaking about ‘Gargoyle’, Lanegan said: “I’m most proud of the songs that are atypical to stuff that I’ve done in the past.

“So I really like Old Swan (the last song on the album), because it’s an expression of positivity, which is completely anti-anything I’ve done before!

“Y’know, I haven’t played this record for too many people yet. I played it for Greg Dulli, who played on some of it, and he was like, ‘Wow, I had to listen to it twice – it sounds like he’s having a good time…’”

Gargoyle will be released April 28 on Heavenly Recordings.