Mark Lanegan's new album of covers, Imitations, will feature his take on songs by Nancy Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Patsy Cline, John Cage and, in the case of Deepest Shade, a track by old pal Greg Dulli of The Twilight Singers. “When I was a kid in the late sixties and early seventies," remembers Lanegan, "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 favourites. 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 will be released on September 16 via Heavenly Recordings.
Check out the melancholy beauty of Deepest Shade below: