Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood: Black Pudding (Heavenly/Mushroom)

 |   |  1 min read

Lanegan and Garwood: Mescalito
Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood: Black Pudding (Heavenly/Mushroom)

Singer Mark Lanegan is the familiar name here for his work Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Isobel Campbell and Soulsavers, but Duke Garwood from London is perhaps less well known.

A multi-instrumentalist with an ear on spooky blues (hence this pairing), he has worked with Seasick Steve, Wooden Wand and Wire, appeared on Lanegan's Blues Funeral (and Lanegan's band with Greg Dulli, the Gutter Twins) and more recently added a clarinet solo on Marshal Dear on Savages' post-punk Silence Yourself.

Here Garwood plays just about everything (there are some added keyboards and guitar on two tracks) on these funereally paced originals and his role is to add that extra discomforting sonic weave alongside Lanegan's distinctively cracked and low brooding style.

There are some bewitching songs here: the creep of Mescalito where Lanegan's up-close vocal is set against the desert-wide soundscape from Garwood's keening guitar;  the two minute tone poem of Last Rung; Garwood's off-kilter piano and strange saw-like tone on Thank You; the moody but exotoc Shade of the Sun . . .

But, that said, there is also something disappointing about much of this, in places the slow tempo doesn't convey the gravitas you might expect (as on Death Rides a White Horse). And their neo-blues Cold Molly barely makes an impact.

Longtime fans of Lanegan's low, melodic mood pieces will doubtless take to this but it does seem a lesser entry in his diverse catalogue, although whets the appetite for more of Garwood (who has at least three solo albums to his credit outside of his guest spots). 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Brian Jonestown Massacre: Who Killed Sgt Pepper? (Southbound)

Brian Jonestown Massacre: Who Killed Sgt Pepper? (Southbound)

This one-time San Francisco outfit which is most often considered a train-wreck of styles helmed by a career-destroying personality (Anton Newcombe) here weighs in with a pretty terrific crash of... > Read more

Mountain Man: Made the Harbor (Spunk)

Mountain Man: Made the Harbor (Spunk)

Here's an unusual and interesting one: Mountain Man are actually three young women Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath from various parts of the great USA who met at... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

DAVID S. WARE: The price of free

DAVID S. WARE: The price of free

When the histories of jazz in the 20th century are published one name from the last two decades could loom unnaturally large: Wynton Marsalis. In some books he'll be hailed as the man who... > Read more

CHARLIE IS MY DARLING, a doco by PETER WHITEHEAD (Abkco DVD)

CHARLIE IS MY DARLING, a doco by PETER WHITEHEAD (Abkco DVD)

As the Rolling Stones commemorate, celebrate and commercialise their 50th year, they are certainly being well served by books, the Grrr! compilation, and on film with Crossfire Hurricane and now... > Read more