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ASK iAN * VAGRANT FOR THE WIN

New Release in the Year of the Imposters... 1016146_671909932826356_26271718_n Alt-rock journeyman Mark Lanegan has signed to Vagrant Records following a decade’s worth of output for Beggers Banquet/4AD. (His final record on 4AD was last year’s Blues Funeral). On September 17th, Lanegan will release his first effort through Vagrant, a covers album entitled Imitations. Among the 12 tracks, Lanegan tackles Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone”, Nancy Sinatra’s “You Only Live Twice”, Nick Cave’s “Brompton Oratory”, and Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife”. In a statement, Lanegan described the project’s emotional significance: When I was a kid in the late sixties and early seventies, my parents and their friends would play the records of Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, music with string arrangements and men singing songs that sounded sad whether they were or not. At home my folks were also listening to country music, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Vern Gosdin were some of our favorites. For a long time I’ve wanted to make a record that gave me the same feeling those old records did, using some of the same tunes I loved as a kid and some that I’ve loved as I have gotten older. This record is it. Imitations. As a first listen, Lanegan’s unveiled his rendition of John Cale’s “I’m Not The Loving Kind”. True to the album title, Lanegan operates right in the original’s formula, only making the strings sound slightly more sweeping and melancholy. But where the track sets itself apart is the vocals, with Lanegan’s haggard pipes transforming the original’s inherent loneliness from something theatrical to a truly heartbreaking force. Imitations Tracklist: 01. Flatlands (Chelsea Wolfe) 02. She’s Gone (Hall & Oates) 03. Deepest Shade 04. You Only Live Twice (Nancy Sinatra) 05. Pretty Colors (Frank Sinatra) 06. Brompton Oratory (Nick Cave) 07. Solitaire 08. Mack The Knife (Bobby Darin) 09. I’m Not The Loving Kind (John Cale) 10. Lonely Street (Patsy Cline) 11. ElĂ©gie Funèbre (GĂ©rard Manset) 12. Autumn Leaves mark-lanegan-imitations “Flatlands” is a beautiful song I heard Chelsea Wolfe singing, “She’s Gone” is by Vern Gosdin and the Gosdin brothers, “Deepest Shade” is a song my friend Greg Dulli wrote for the Twilight Singers and then graciously gave to me to sing, everyone knows Nancy Sinatra singing ”You Only Live Twice” but I love “Pretty Colors” by father Frank just as much. “Brompton Oratory” is by the one and only Nick Cave and I heard ”Solitaire,” “Lonely Street” and “Autumn Leaves” all sung by Andy Williams who I consider to be one of the all time greatest singers. I have always loved Dave Van Ronk and his sparse version of “Mack the Knife” I copied note for note. I have been obsessed with the genius of Gerard Manset forever, hopefully I didn’t butcher his tune too badly. I have tried to cover John Cale before and chickened out, its hard to cover your hero but I managed to get through one this time. Imitations.”  
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