Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood have shared the new song, “Scarlett,” off their forthcoming album With Animals, out August 24, along with a minimalist black and white video directed by Sabrina Westmoreland. Lanegan says of the track, “Duke gave me a piece of music he called ‘Scarlett’ and I was inspired to put down the words really quickly, to the haunting beauty and feeling of the music.” Garwood adds, “Scarlett is a fever dream soundscape born from a banquet of Scarlett Johansson movies.”
Lanegan and Garwood have previously shared “With Animals” and “Share Me” off the new record, which was recorded in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Joshua Tree. According to Under the Radar, With Animals is the follow-up to their 2013 record, Black Pudding, and marks the duo’s continuing collaboration.
Via press release, Garwood says of their new endeavor, “Over the years, we’ve recorded together and apart. This time, I started this record alone, with many animals as company. It flowed, I set to work and out it came. Our music is instinct, there is not much talking about it, just creating. I think that if you are at peace with your work, and feeling it right, it flows, and can feel ‘easy.’ Music isn’t meant to be hard.”
He goes on to say, “Though sometimes it can burn you to ashes. Making music for a singer, so they can inhabit it with a song means hitting the right soul buttons. There is no hit without a miss. It is a healing record, for us the makers, and for the listeners. It grows natural. We are gardeners of sonic feelings.”
Watch the new video for “Scarlett” below.