Mark Lanegan has experimented with electronic music in his solo material before, but never to the degree he does on Phantom Radio (Vagrant, October 19). Written largely with the help of the FunkBox Drum Machine app, songs like “Harvest Home” are about as close as the former Screaming Trees frontman has ever come to making a Kraut-y synth-pop record — albeit one with heavy shades of gray, since Lanegan is still one of the most imposing Alternative Nation icons out there.
“Although the Trees drew on Nuggets psychedelia, 13th Floor Elevators and Love,” Lanegan explains, “we were actually listening to Echo And The Bunnymen, Rain Parade, the Gun Club. A lot of British post-punk. We loved that stuff. I just waited until I was in my late forties before I started ripping it off.”