Heralding a liberating “no f*cks given” phase of life, Record (out March 2 in North America on Merge) sees Tracey Thorn return to the hedonism of club land, with her first album of entirely new material in seven years built around synth-driven tracks and a punchy sub-three-minute directness. “I wanted it to be a record you’d listen to in the daytime,” Tracey says. “On your headphones or on the move. Not necessarily in the evening, or in your bedroom.”
For all its no-fuss pop brevity, the album rotates around new single “Sister,” a dubby nine-minute Compass Point-style disco jam, where Tracey is joined again by Warpaint’s rhythm section and Corinne Bailey Rae on glorious backing vocals. “It’s full of lyrics about female solidarity and defiance-a heartfelt anthem for the dancefloor,” Tracey adds.
Extra dancefloor punch comes in the shape of two excellent remixes from the king of the genre, Andrew Weatherall, who reduces the original to a galloping cosmic disco groove, with a dub cut on the flip. Listen to them all beginning today on your preferred digital music provider.
ICYMI, watch the music video for album opener “Queen,” and pre-order Tracey Thorn’s Record on CD and smoky red Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, where each format can be bundled with a beautiful full-color Tracey Thorn zine featuring 20 pages of handwritten lyrics and photos from the recording sessions. Record is also available for pre-order through these participating independent record stores and digital music services.