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Welcome to Merge, Tracey Thorn!

Welcome to Merge, Tracey Thorn!

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.

Now she is back with another: the starkly beautiful Love and Its Opposite to be released on May 18.

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.

Download "Oh, The Divorces!" from Love and Its Opposite now, and visit the newly redesigned TraceyThorn.com for more information about what Tracey is up to as the release date draws near.