Extended Plays 2010-2011 by Tracey Thorn on Apple Music

15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

These songs and remixes come from the EPs that Tracey Thorn released over a 12-month span. The milky-voiced chanteuse from Everything but the Girl opens with an arresting cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Taxi Cab”; her deep inflections hover above rudimentary rhythm sequences, spare synthesizers, and an electric piano that all endearingly sound a bit like a karaoke machine. English electronic music producer Ewan Pearson gives the version of Thorn’s own “Why Does the Wind?” a clean radio edit to keep it under the four-minute mark. There are a few other remixes of this tune; the standout is by Michel Cleis, who eschews trendy house throwback tones for a minimal layering of tribal drums and sweeping strings under Thorn’s singing. The heady “Kentish Town” gets a gauzy redesign by WALLS, in which krautrock-inspired drones pulse lightly against Brian Eno-esque tones and looped snippets of Thorn’s vocals. Her heavenly take on Sufjan Stevens’ “Sister Winter” is another brilliant gem. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

These songs and remixes come from the EPs that Tracey Thorn released over a 12-month span. The milky-voiced chanteuse from Everything but the Girl opens with an arresting cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Taxi Cab”; her deep inflections hover above rudimentary rhythm sequences, spare synthesizers, and an electric piano that all endearingly sound a bit like a karaoke machine. English electronic music producer Ewan Pearson gives the version of Thorn’s own “Why Does the Wind?” a clean radio edit to keep it under the four-minute mark. There are a few other remixes of this tune; the standout is by Michel Cleis, who eschews trendy house throwback tones for a minimal layering of tribal drums and sweeping strings under Thorn’s singing. The heady “Kentish Town” gets a gauzy redesign by WALLS, in which krautrock-inspired drones pulse lightly against Brian Eno-esque tones and looped snippets of Thorn’s vocals. Her heavenly take on Sufjan Stevens’ “Sister Winter” is another brilliant gem. 

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About Tracey Thorn

One of the most enduring English singer/songwriters, Tracey Thorn began making music with Stern Bops and then, more notably, Marine Girls, a minimalist pop group that released a pair of albums inspired by Young Marble Giants and the Raincoats. While Marine Girls were active, Thorn released A Distant Shore, a relatively moody, if similarly skeletal solo album, on Cherry Red in 1982. Around that time, she met Ben Watt -- who was also signed to Cherry Red -- and formed a partnership as Everything But the Girl. From 1984 through 1999, Thorn and Watt released ten albums that shifted from indie pop to slick sophisti-pop to downtempo club music. Additionally, Thorn appeared on recordings by the likes of the Style Council, the Go-Betweens, and Massive Attack. Shortly after having twin daughters together, she and Watt put EBtG on ice, as Watt DJ'ed and operated his Buzzin' Fly label while Thorn stayed home with the children. They had a third child, a boy, in 2001.

After several years away from music, Thorn began writing again and recorded her second solo album, Out of the Woods, which was released in early 2007. Instead of working with Watt, she collaborated with a number of producers, including Ewan Pearson, Charles Webster, Cagedbaby, Sasse, and Martin Wheeler. A year later, Thorn and Watt married. Pearson returned as sole producer of Thorn's 2010 effort Love and Its Opposite, released in the U.K. by Watt's Strange Feeling label. In 2012, Thorn released Tinsel and Lights, a holiday album featuring songs by contemporary composers. A well-received memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star, was published in 2013. Following that, there were a couple low-key releases, including the two-song Molly Drake Songs (recorded with Watt for a BBC 4 documentary about the mother of Nick Drake) and "Under the Ivy" (a Kate Bush cover). Thorn was sought out by screenwriter and director Carol Morley to provide the soundtrack for The Falling, a drama that debuted at the BFI London Film Festival in 2014. Just prior to the film's wider release the following April, Thorn's contribution -- eight short songs -- was issued as Songs from The Falling. ~ Andy Kellman

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