Isobel Campbell, St. Etienne Sign New Deals

Former Belle & Sebastian principal Isobel Campbell has signed a worldwide deal with V2, while Saint Etienne has inked with Savoy Jazz.

Former Belle & Sebastian principal Isobel Campbell has signed a worldwide deal with V2. Her previously announced collaborative album with Mark Lanegan, "Ballad of the Broken Seas," will arrive early next year. A single featuring a cover of Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man" and the new Campbell original "Further Into the Night" is due for U.K. release in November.

"I was going for an old-school kind of approach," Campbell told of the album in April. "I'd been listening a lot to the 'American Recordings' by Johnny Cash and I'm a huge, huge fan of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. It's kind of sun-bleached and psychedelic, with a little bit of folk or country."

Additional sessions in May in Los Angeles yielded the new Lanegan song "Revolver" and a cover of the traditional blues song "St. James Infirmary." The 12-track set also sports such selections as "The False Husband," "It's Hard To Kill a Bad Thing" and "The Circus Is Leaving Town."

Later in 2006, Campbell plans to release a second album, "Milk White Sheets," which was previously going under the working title "Over the Wheat and the Barley." "There's some orchestral stuff on the Mark album, but on ['Milk White Sheets'], we ditched it and stripped it back. We kept it really simple," she said.

Meanwhile, fellow veteran indie act Saint Etienne has inked a new deal with Savoy Jazz after a long tenure with Sub Pop. The group's most recent studio album, "Tales From Turnpike House," will be released Jan. 24 in North America with three tracks not found on the U.K. edition.

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