Tracey Thorn is celebrating the holiday season with a new album Tinsel and Lights, and a new Advent Calendar with new treats every day until Christmas. Also, she premiered the new video for her original song “Joy,” today at Slate.com, and spoke with NPR’s Scott Simon over the weekend about her unconventional holiday album. A new digital single featuring the album version and new acoustic version of “Joy” is available at iTunes today as well.
Featuring ten seasonal cover versions of songs by Dolly Parton, Joni Mitchell, Sufjan Stevens, Low and more as well as two new original tracks, Tinsel and Lights was produced by Ewan Pearson, and showcases Tracey’s famously rich vocals and contributions on guitar and piano.
NPR Weekend Edition writes, “A season for being with friends and family can be hard on those who are lonely; a season of giving can be hard on those who go without. All the tinsel and lights can also make people blink, shudder and wonder about which of life’s gifts they’ll never find under the tree — or which they’ll unwrap and find fleeting and fragile. The mixed blessings of the holiday season aren’t lost on Tracey Thorn. The new album by the English singer and songwriter, formerly of the dance-pop duo Everything but the Girl, is called Tinsel and Lights, and it confronts that ambivalence head on.”
Tinsel and Lights is available now on CD, LP and digital download in the Merge store. The LP version includes Tracey’s rendition of “25th December” originally written and sung by Ben Watt on Everything But The Girl’s 1994 album Amplified Heart as well as limited-edition wrapping paper. Also, Tinsel and Lights is included in our special holiday superbundle with She & Him’s A Very She & Him Christmas. And don’t forget to use the Merge Holiday coupon at checkout! The “Joy” digital single can be found at iTunes.[see all news]