After pausing an 18-year career with partner Ben Watt in best-selling alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl (1982–2000), followed by a self-imposed hiatus to start a family, Tracey Thorn re-emerged in 2007 to a wave of critical acclaim with the glittering autobiographical folk-disco of Out of the Woods, her first solo album since 1982’s indie classic A Distant Shore.
2007’s “Out of the Woods” was one of the most slept on albums of the year here in the States. Tracks like “It’s All True”, “Easy”, “Falling Of The Log”, and “Raise The Roof” placed Tracey somewhere between traditional Everything But The Girl and Imogen Heap.
After three years, her new album, “Love and Its Opposite” will be released on May 18 on Merge Records in the US and Ben Watt’s new Strange Feeling Records (a sub label to Buzzin Fly) in the UK.
Partnering again with Berlin-based producer Ewan Pearson (who worked on much of Out of the Woods), Thorn has created an album that is striking in its simplicity. “It’s a record about the person I am now and the people around me,” she observes. “About real life after forty.”
Recorded in Berlin and London, the ten-song collection boasts eight original compositions and two covers (a duet with Jens Lekman on Lee Hazlewood’s “Come On Home To Me” and a poignant reading of The Unbending Trees’ “You Are a Lover”). The album also features guests such as Hot Chip’s Al Doyle, The Invisible’s Leo Taylor, Nashville songwriter-drummer Cortney Tidwell and Lost Valentinos’ guitarist Jono Ma.
Tracey Thorn’s “Love and Its Opposite” Drops May 18th.
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