Tracyanne & Danny have today revealed a new track from their upcoming eponymous debut album, due May 25. The beautifully melancholic “It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts” is about “an old, obsessive, all-consuming love. The kind that’s mostly unrequited and always built from bad choices and self-delusion,” says Tracyanne. Clash premiered the song this morning, saying it contains, “Shadows of Spector girl group, early Motown, and even Burt Bacharach abound on a beautifully composed piece of songwriting.”
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Tracyanne & Danny is a collaborative project between Tracyanne Campbell, singer, and songwriter in celebrated Glaswegian indie band Camera Obscura, and Bristol’s Danny Coughlan, whose acclaimed 2012 debut as Crybaby drew comparisons to The Smiths and Lloyd Cole.
Their debut album was produced by Edwyn Collins and Sean Read (Dexys) and recorded at Edwyn’s Clashnarrow studio in the Scottish Highlands. Tracyanne & Danny had the use of his vintage gear, including the guitar pedal which features on his global hit ‘A Girl Like You’. The pair invoked a range of shared influences: The Roches, Dion, Lou Reed, The Flamingos, Serge Gainsbourg, Santo & Johnny, and The Style Council.
Edywn pops up with a guest vocal on current single “Alabama”, an intentionally joyous tribute to Tracyanne’s late friend and Camera Obscura band mate Carey Lander. Edwyn also has a cameo in the song’s inspired video, a pastiche of classic movie tour montages, Scotdisc, and primitive ‘70s MOR promotional films. Watch on YouTube, or stream “Alabama” here.
Tracyanne & Danny will head out on tour following the album’s release, including London’s Oslo on May 29. They will also be performing in-store at Rough Trade East on May 30.
Tracyanne & Danny is available for pre-order on CD and limited-edition opaque red Peak Vinyl. The Peak Vinyl edition features a bonus 7-inch of non-album tracks “Baby’s Got It Bad” b/w “Can’t Get Over You.”
Tracyanne & Danny on tour:
May 28 Bristol, The Lantern @ Colston Hall
May 29 London, Oslo
May 30 London, Rough Trade East – In-store performance & signing
May 31 Glasgow, UK – Saint Luke’s
Jun 14 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West*
Jun 15 Durham, NC – Motorco*
Jun 16 Washington, DC – Union Stage*
Jun 17 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
Jun 19 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg*
Jun 21 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair*
Jun 22 Montreal, QC – Le Ministère*
Jun 23 Toronto, ON – The Great Hall*
Jun 24 Detroit, MI – El Club*
Jun 25 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe*
Jun 27 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall*
Jun 28 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club*
* w/ Lomelda