The U.K. production duo Soulsavers, a.k.a. Rich Machin and IanGlover, have found a messiah-like figure in vocalist Mark Lanegan(Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age). Blessing the pair’s newrecord, It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land, isLanegan’s coarse baritone, rattling tracks like a small-scale quake. On”Kingdoms of Rain,” the team subscribes to doctrines of sparseness,leaving a meager acoustic guitar, ambient swirls and foreboding keys toback Lanegan’s Southern Gothic hymn. A broken prayer, biblical themesextend from the “halos in your hair” to “a cross on the nail.” But this”Rain” is not of hope and rebirth — rather, it’s the sort of stormthat brews as clouds move in menacingly, leaving things midnight black.And while in the world of guttural, croaking Southern badasses it mightbe considered sacrilegious to conjure the Man in Black, the resemblancein the body-rumbling weight carried by Lanegan’s low sneer is uncanny.Let’s just say that if he found himself in Reno, he might beunrepentant and you’d probably want to stay out of his way. It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land drops Oct. 16 via Red Ink/Columbia.
Talk: When the ‘rain’ stops falling, will the Soulsavers’ album set your spirit free?