Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan make sweet music together

Former Belle & Sebastian singer Isobel Campbell has signed a solo record deal – and the first new album she will release is a collaboration with Queens Of The Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan.

Campbell has inked a long term worldwide recording deal with V2 Records. The singer has spent the initial part of this year completing work on ‘Ballad Of The Broken Seas’, the collaborative album recorded with Lanegan.

Although much of the album was recorded with Campbell in her native Glasgow, and Lanegan in Los Angeles, the two actually came together in the studio in LA in May to cut a number of new tracks for the release, including a new Lanegan-penned song, ‘Revolver’ and a version of the traditional blues tune, ‘St James Infirmary’.

The first release under the V2 deal will be a download-only and limited edition 7″ single, due out in the UK at the beginning of December, comprising the pair’s cover of Hank Williams‘Ramblin’ Man’, with a new Campbell song, ‘Further Into The Night’ as the 7″ B-side.

‘Ballad Of The Broken Seas’ is scheduled to follow early in February 2006. Campbell plans to follow that up later in 2006 with a second album, the more folk-oriented ‘Milk White Sheets’.

The full tracklisting for ‘Ballad Of The Broken Seas’ is:

‘Deus Ibi Est’

‘Black Mountain’

‘The False Husband’

‘Ballad Of The Broken Seas’

‘Revolver’

‘Ramblin’ Man’

‘(Do You Wanna) Come Walk With Me?’

‘Saturday’s Gone’

‘It’s Hard To Kill A Bad Thing’

‘Honey Child What Can I Do?’

‘Dusty Wreath’

‘The Circus Is Leaving Town’

Live dates are planned early in the New Year.