Cheers for that feedback...
Earth are made for this theme, so there was plenty of options to pick from. It was indeed Mark Lanegan on that track and he was also on the Bootleggers tune which is from the Lawless OST. Earth's last album, Primitive And Deadly, is a great entry point. It contains 3 songs with vocals and 2 instrumentals, all epic and quite brilliant.
You can't go far wrong with Nick Cave, definitely my favourite artist. The Boatman's Call and Tender Prey are fantastic, while Skeleton Tree is also a masterpiece. The Live Seeds album from the early 90's is really great too, the Bad Seeds are astonishing live and this is a particularly powerful document of that.
Glad you also liked Suicide, their first 2 albums are classics... once you hear Frankie Teardrop from their 1st album you'll never forget it!
The Anohni album from last year is really great, well worth checking out, although 4 Degrees is probably the best thing on it. It's a real departure, but well worth checking out Antony And The Johnsons too. A phenomenal voice.
When we decided on this theme, that Silver Mt Zion song immediately came to mind. From their last album, F*** off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything, which is well worth checking out.
Perhaps an introduction to Alice Coltrane wasn't going to work in the context of a mix, probably better to try the whole album. It took me a while to appreciate her, and I can't say I listen frequently but when the mood takes some of her work is incredible.
I understand your point on Nico, if I dare play her around the house my wife gives me the cold stare but I found the desolation of that song a somewhat appropriately unhappy way to finish the mix!
Thanks again for the detailed feedback, I'm really glad it's pointed you towards a few artists.