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Tinsel And LightsBonus track and Tracey Thorn holiday wrapping paper.
Produced by Ewan Pearson, Tinsel and Lights features Tracey's rich vocals and contributions on guitar and piano. Her longtime partner, Ben Watt guests on guitar and piano on several tracks. Leo Taylor (Adele, Hot Chip) plays drums, Steve Pearce ? who played on Everything But The Girl's feted album, Idlewild ? is on bass, while Pearson adds signature synths and electronics. Three tracks include orchestral arrangements by Nick Ingman.1. Joy [written by Tracey Thorn]
2. Hard Candy Christmas [Dolly Parton cover]
3. Like a Snowman [written by Stephin Merritt]
4. Maybe This Christmas [Ron Sexsmith cover]
5. In the Cold, Cold Night [White Stipes cover]
6. Snow [written by Randy Newman]
7. Snow in Sun [written by Green Gartside of Scritti Politti]
8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
9. Tinsel and Lights [written by Tracey Thorn]
10. River [Joni Mitchell cover]
11. Taking Down the Tree [ft. Green Gartside] [Low cover]
12. Sister Winter [Sufjan Stevens cover]
13. 25th December [Everything But the Girl] (U.S. LP bonus track)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Language Of LifeImport
The Language of Life is the fifth album by English electronic duo Everything but the Girl, released in 1990.
Tommy LiPuma had previously worked with artists like Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Randy Newman, and George Benson and had contributed production to Aztec Camera's Love album in 1987. He had expressed an interest in producing Everything but the Girl and invited Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt to New York and LA.
Song arrangements were written by Larry Williams and Jerry Hey. The band LiPuma put together included Omar Hakim on drums, John Patitucci on bass and Larry Williams on keyboards. Ben Watt played guitar and piano, as well as doing some singing. Tracey Thorn sang only. LiPuma produced, in Thorn's words, a fully realised, immaculately performed and produced modern American Soul-Pop record.1. Driving
2. Get Back Together
3. Meet Me In The Morning
4. Me And Bobby D
5. The Language Of Life
6. Take Me
7. Imagining America
8. Letting Love Go
9. My Baby Don't Love Me
10. The Road$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ProtectionOriginally released on Virgin Records in 1994, Protection is the second album from the British DJ and trip-hop group Massive Attack, made up of Andrew Mushroom Vowles, Grant Daddy G Marshall and Robert 3D Del Naja. Fusing elements of American hip-hop, British club culture, dub, reggae and soul, and featuring guest spots from vocalist Tracey Thorn and rapper Tricky, Protection both reinforces and upgrades on the groundbreaking sounds of its predecessor. The adventurous 10-song set is bookended by the classic 7-minute plus title track opener and an uncharacteristic live cover of The Doors Light My Fire to close out the album.1. Protection
4. Weather Storm
5. Spying Glass
6. Better Things
9. Heat Miser
10. Light My Fire (Live)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Everything But The Girl was an English musical duo, formed in Hull in 1982, consisting of lead singer and occasional guitarist Tracey Thorn and guitarist, keyboardist, and singer Ben Watt.
Originating at the turn of the 1980s as a leader of the lite-jazz movement, Everything But The Girl became an unlikely success story more than a decade later, emerging at the vanguard of the fusion between Pop and Electronica.
Idlewild (1988), their most accessible recording, consists of eleven intimate songs. The setting is perfect for such moving compositions as Love Is Here Where I Live and Apron Strings. The album spawned the single I Don't Want to Talk About It, a poignant cover of a song by the late Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten which became EBTG's biggest hit to date, landing at the number three spot on the British charts. Start here, then go on to the rest of this remarkable group's catalog.1. Love Is Here Where I Live
2. These Early Days
3. I Always Was Your Girl
4. Oxford Street
5. The Night I Heard Caruso Sing
6. Goodbye Sunday
7. Shadow On A Harvest Moon
8. Blue Moon Rose
9. Tears All Over Town
10. Lonesome For A Place I Know
11. Apron Strings$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Saturdays = YouthSaturdays= Youth is the fifth studio album by M83 produced by Ken Thomas, (Sigur Rós and the Cocteau Twins) with co-production by Ewan Pearson (Tracey Thorn, The Rapture, and Ladytron) and M83's Anthony Gonzalez. The album was originally released on Mute in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim including an 8.5 Best New Music by Pitchfork, and being named album of the year by Urban Outfitters & Drowned in Sound. Kim & Jessie one of the singles off this album, was also placed at #256 on Pitchfork's list of The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.1. You, Appearing
2. Kim & Jessie
3. Skin of the Night
4. Graveyard Girl
7. We Own the Sky
8. Highway of Endless Dreams
9. Too Late
10. Dark Moves of Love
11. Midnight Souls Still Remain$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Know What Love Isn'tTracey Thorn wrote a song that reached Jens Lekman in the early stages of his new album, I Know What Love Isn't. In her song she sang Oh Jens, oh Jens/your songs seem to look through a different lens/you're still so young, love ends just as easy as it's begun. A touching moment for the Swedish songwriter, having been a fan since his teens. But it came to him in a time when he found himself very confused and in doubt. He was changing and, subsequently, so were his songs. They weren't looking through that lens anymore.
I Know What Love Isn't came out of a break up, something Jens didn't see as worth writing about at first. The songs began more fleeting than the last go around, on his 2007 album Night Falls Over Kortedala. The songs began building from images and memories and soon began to take their own route, one that Lekman wasn't privy to their destination.
In The World Moves On he paints a picture of a sweltering summer in the city of Melbourne where he lived while writing and recording the album. The hot days that led up to the Black Saturday bushfires, but also more mundane images of feeding possums in a park or getting in trouble with some guy on a scooter. It seems to lead nowhere at first but the aimlessness in itself reaches heartbreaking conclusions later on, summed up by the soaring chorus and you don't get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully. Like Joan Didion once said that she writes entirely to find out what she's thinking, Jens wrote until he caught up with his thoughts. And of course they led him right back to the break up.
Musically, I Know What Love Isn't chooses an economic route. From the vast palette he created for Kortedala, he's only chosen a few somber colors this time around. There are strings but not a string section, an upright piano and not a grand, a single saxophone and gracenotes from a flute. The songs are lighter, almost aerodynamic, Jens explains, I wanted the songs to take off almost unnoticeably, where the chorus is separated from the verse only through a small detail like a tambourine or a harmony. Like when you're in an airplane taking off and you look out the window and realize you're already in the air.
A dry country piano makes Become Someone Else's lift high. Vocals from Melbourne singer Sophie Brous makes the chorus in Erica America soar. Strings pick up the title track and send it up to the sky without much effort or force. In the latter, Lekman once again points the way to distill essential truths from every day life vignettes while singing about a sham marriage. I thought of the Friday nights when I'd be cruising up and down the street with my best friend in her old crappy Holden, talking about getting married to get me into the country.
The idea was so appealing, that we would build this constructed relationship around a purpose rather than some vague feeling that could change at anytime. But in the end, the sham marriage is much too great a story to be kept secret. At least when you make a living from telling stories. And that's what I Know What Love Isn't is. A collection of songs that grew to a story that had to be told. A story that is not new, but essentially human. The story of the grey areas of love that you have to excavate and explore, using the method of exclusion, to find out what love is.1. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name
2. Erica America
3. Become Someone Else's
4. She Just Don't Want To Be With You Anymore
5. Some Dandruff On Your Shoulder
6. I Want A Pair Of Cowboy Boots
7. The World Moves On
8. The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love
9. I Know What Love Isn't
10. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now