Tracyanne & Danny is a new collaborative project between singer-songwriters Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby). Their self-titled debut album will be released on May 25th on Merge Records.
Tracyanne & Danny have also shared the album’s opening track ‘Home & Dry’. “It’s about the movement of time, the inevitability of things not staying the same,” says Tracyanne of the song. “Just when you think things are sorted and ok, something changes and they no longer are.” Listen to ‘Home & Dry’ here:
The album was recorded at Clashnarrow, a studio in the Highlands of Scotland owned by Edwyn Collins, who co-produced along with engineer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Read (Dexys). Tracyanne describes the album as “Melodic, musical, and murder-y. It’s not a duet record. We’ve tried our best to marry our voices, songs, and melodies.”
Pre-order ‘Tracyanne & Danny’ on CD and limited-edition opaque red Peak Vinyl in the Merge store. The Peak Vinyl edition features a bonus 7-inch of non-album tracks ‘Baby’s Got It Bad’ b/w ‘Get Over You.’
Tracyanne & Danny have also announced a short run of UK tour dates to follow the album release:
May 28 Bristol, The Lantern @ Colston Hall tickets
May 29 London, Oslo Hackney tickets
Thurs 31 Glasgow, Saint Luke’s tickets
Tickets on sale 9am tomorrow, Wednesday February 28th
Tracyanne Campbell hails from Glasgow, while London-born Danny Coughlan is based in Bristol. The pair were introduced by mutual friends in 2013. Tracyanne dug Danny’s album as Crybaby (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 the band’s keyboardist 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, the album sessions took place at Clashnarrow, where they had the use of Edwyn’s vintage gear (including the guitar pedal which features on his global hit ‘A Girl Like You’).