Tracey Thorn has revealed her new single ‘Queen’, the first to be taken from her first solo album of entirely original material for seven years – ‘Record’ – and you can listen to it now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
‘Record’ – released March 2 via Unmade Road/Caroline International – is in part about freedom and disenthrallment, with ‘Queen’ – which is also a new addition to the Fantasy Premier League playlist – the opening broadside, all personal fire and desire.
Her voice, self-assured and richly-textured, yet confessional and affecting, spits out the lyrics on ‘Record’ with a fresh compelling drive and remains one of the finest female pop voices of the last four decades.
The synth-driven tracks arrive and leave with a punchy sub-three-minute directness. But for all its no-fuss pop brevity, the album rotates around ‘Sister‘, a dubby nine-minute Compass Point-style disco jam where Tracey is joined again by Warpaint’s rhythm section and glorious backing vocals from Corinne Bailey Rae.
Across four decades Tracey’s songs and writing have offered up a clear-eyed woman’s view of the immediate world around her; from the acerbic teen love songs of her first early-80s band Marine Girls, through 16 years as one half of articulate multi-million-selling duo Everything But The Girl to her recent acclaimed memoirs and journalism.