"Skeleton Key" is Lanegan's first single since last year's Somebody's Knocking album.

Lanegan's forthcoming album will feature contributions from Greg Dulli, Warren Ellis, John Paul Jones, Ed Harcourt, and more, and is inspired by his own life story.

"Writing the book, I didn’t get catharsis," Lanegan says. "All I got was a Pandora’s box full of pain and misery. I went way in,and remembered shit I’d put away 20 years ago. But I started writing these songs the minute I was done, and I realised there was a depth of emotion because they were all linked to memories from this book. It was a relief to suddenly go back to music. Then I realised that was the gift of the book: these songs. I’m really proud of this record."

Lanegan's book is titled Sing Backwards and Weep, and will be published by White Rabbit on 30 April.


  1. I Wouldn't Want To Say
  2. Apples From A Tree
  3. This Game Of Love
  4. Ketamine
  5. Bleed All Over
  6. Churchbells, Ghosts
  7. Internal Hourglass Discussion
  8. Stockholm City Blues
  9. Skeleton Key
  10. Daylight In The Nocturnal House
  11. Ballad of the Dying Rover
  12. Hanging On (For DRC)
  13. At Zero Below
  14. Eden Lost And Found
"Skeleton Key" is out now. Mark Lanegan's Straight Songs Of Sorrow album lands via Heavenly on 8 May, and is available to pre-order now.