Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Black Pudding (2013)
Ipecac records was founded in 1999 by Mike Patton and Greg Werckman (formerly of Alternative Tentacles); its raison d’etre is to be a sort of aural emetic, its namesake medicine, to purge bad music, by dosing you up with good music. It has always been a source of joy for me, the releases have covered such a wide range of music, that one can never really know what to expect next.
However, one has a vague idea of what to expect from former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan. His solo albums falling into the bluesy alternative rock sound and his multiple collaborations including Queens Of The Stone Age.
Duke Garwood is a British multi-instrumentalist, who recently has collaborated with Savages on their great album Silence Yourself.
First and foremost, Black Pudding is a blues album. The guitar work is totally solid, straying into jazzy territory on some tracks, while becoming more drone-like on others. Vocals are stoic and reserved, gravelly and full, sounding like a Tom Waits in training. Most tracks are without backing, but occasionally drums are used, the style of which, again very reserved but up-beat, giving an overall sound like a trip-hop meets blues fusion which is really good.
I think this album is just fantastic, I really can’t stop listening to it. Favourite tracks are hard to narrow down, such is the overall quality.
Favourite tracks: War Memorial, Mescalito, Cold Molly
Spotify link: Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Black Pudding