Mark Lanegan – No Bells On Sunday

No Bells On Sunday was vocalist Mark Lanegan’s “warning shot”, his prelude EP released just prior to his 2014 Phantom Radio full length effort. Comprised of “extra” songs that did not make the full length, this vinyl platter is a spin through a dizzying collection of alt-rock ambiance. The EP is nicely engineered, mixed, andNo Bells On Sunday was vocalist Mark Lanegan‘s “warning shot”, his prelude EP released just prior to his 2014 Phantom Radio full length effort. Comprised of “extra” songs that did not make the full length, this vinyl platter is a spin through a dizzying collection of alt-rock ambiance. The EP is nicely engineered, mixed, and mastered. Each song in this latest Pop Focus collection is different – the variety is one of the welcome, stand-out markers. Full of floaty, almost haunting passages, Mark Lanegan’s songs have one unifying thread, and that is his gravelly, deep voice. Vocals are very much front and center here: the way the lines are phrased compared to the rest of the tracks brings them out without them being mixed too high. Lanegan and his mysterious band members explore a synth-heavy dreamscape presence in “Dry Iced”, which comes in after about a minute and a half of ‘house techno’ drum machine style rave beats. “No Bells On Sunday” is a very laid-back, almost new-agey, mellow mien. The title track feels pensive, brooding, a little melancholy. Like the first track, this one has a lot of synth layers. Widely regarded as the “highlight” of the EP, “Sad […]

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