12-04-12 // by crazy tape
WhoMadeWho remain one of the Kompakt family's most charismatic and hardworking acts. Following the release of their 2012 full length "Brighter", the Copenhagen-based trio have had a breakthrough year in Europe with a non-stop schedule of sold out shows and festival appearances... you can witness the fitness by checking out their Berlin show right here. Likewise, Mark Lanegan should be a stranger to no one. His contributions as a songwriter, musician and solo artist over the years include sharing the studio with luminaries like Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age and Isobell Campell. If you haven't heard his recent 4AD released full length "Blues Funeral" then by all means do so. It's been an favourite play in our office throughout 2012. Earlier this year, WhoMadeWho reached out to Lanegan with the idea of a joint release. The idea seemed to be obvious to Lanegan: “I think they’re really great. They’ve made some great albums and I’d consider myself a fan.” He then came up with a striking rendition of "Brighter"'s highlight "Below The Cherry Moon". In the meantime, WhoMadeWho started working on Lanegan’s “Deep Black Vanishing Train” from the amazing “Funeral Blues”. The warm feelings and respect for a fellow musician are also reciprocated by the Danes towards Mark. As guitarist and co-vocalist, Jeppe Kjellberg adds “It’s a great honor to get this kind of respect and recognition by a musician you admire. I was very moved the first couple of times I heard his take on one of our songs. His deep voice and this authentic American accent highlights the feeling and lyrics even more.“ The two tracks are released on a hand-numbered, red 7”, limited to 1111 copies and shipped in a custom-made envelope. Both songs are streaming on this site where you can also buy the 7". Oh, and the collaborating musicians have also decided, that - on the time of Christmas celebrations and in the spirit of giving -, all the money from the proceedings of the release should be donated to support the work of Amnesty International!