Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tracey Thorn: Joy + The Making of 'Tinsel and Light'

Recently turned 50, North London resident Tracey Thorn, formerly of Everything but the Girl has been busy raising three children with EBTG partner Ben Watt whom she married in 2009.  The duo has not released a studio album since 1999, but both Thorn and Watt have done numerous solo projects and collaborations in the years since then.

Thorn's fourth solo recording 'Tinsel and Light' is a Christmas album that has her deftly avoiding the usual holiday schmaltz by offering interpretations of personal favorites by Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, The White Stripes, Ron Sexsmith, Scritti Politti, Sufjan Stevens, and more.  The 12-song collection also offers two original compositions: the title track and "Joy".

The music video for "Joy" was shot in Lille, France and was directed by Edward Bishop and Ben Watt.