Album of the Month - June 2018
Tracyanne and Danny's self-titled LP. Available here on Limited Edition Rough Trade Exclusive Beige Colored LP with Bonus 7", Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Opaque Red Colored LP with Bonus 7", Standard LP and CD.
Tracyanne and Danny is a new collaborative project between singer-songwriters Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby). Their paths first crossed in 2013 when introduced by mutual music industry pals. Tracyanne dug Danny’s Crybaby album (released on Helium Records) and invited him to open some Camera Obscura shows in the UK. Mutual artistic respect led to the swapping of song ideas, but tentative plans to work together were set aside while Camera Obscura wrote, recorded, released, and promoted their fifth album Desire Lines. Following the death of Camera Obscura’s Carey Lander, all band activity stopped. Time passed. Tracyanne and Danny revisited the idea of collaborating. A pool of songs were honed and crafted. On the suggestion of their manager (and Teenage Fanclub drummer) Francis Macdonald, they recorded at Clashnarrow, a studio in Helmsdale in the highlands of Scotland owned by the esteemed Edwyn Collins. Sessions took place throughout 2016 and 2017. Edwyn co-produced along with engineer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Read (Dexys). They had the use of Edwyn’s vintage gear (including the guitar pedal which features on his global hit A Girl Like You) as they invoked a range of shared influences: The Roches, Dion, Lou Reed, The Flamingos, Serge Gainsbourg, Santo and Johnny, and The Style Council. Edywn pops up with a guest vocal on first single Alabama, an intentionally “joyous” tribute to Tracyanne’s late friend and band mate Carey Lander. Tracyanne and Danny is not a diverting curio or a wee stop on the road to someplace else. It is a shared artistic aesthetic, forged over time. They have figured out how to fit round each other and work together, creating a rewarding musical synergy. There will be more songs.
LP++ - Rough Trade Exclusive. Limited Edition of 500 Biege Colored LP. Housed in Gatefold Sleeve with a bonus Black Vinyl 7" featuring two exclusive tracks and Download Code.
LP+ - Indie Exclusive. Limited Edition of 1,000 Opaque Red Colored LP. Includes bonus 7” of “Baby’s Got It Bad” b/w “Can’t Get Over You” on black vinyl. Includes Download Code.
LP - Standard Black Vinyl housed in Gatefold Sleeve with Download.
CD - Standard CD.