Tracey Thorn prepares new album for March 2 release, shares single “Queen”

Today, Tracey Thorn reveals her new single “Queen,” the first song to be taken from her first solo album of entirely original material in seven years. Titled Record, the new album will be released on March 2. Watch the Carol Morley-directed video for “Queen” now, and pre-order the album on CD and smoky red Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, where each format can be bundled with a beautiful full-color Tracey Thorn zine featuring 20 pages of handwritten lyrics and photos from the recording sessions. Record is also available for pre-order through your preferred independent record store and digital music service.

Describing “Queen,” Tracey says: “It’s a great opener for the album. Driven along by Ewan Pearson’s unashamedly glittering electro-pop production, and drums and bass from Warpaint’s Stella and Jenny, it features me playing electric guitar for the first time in a while, and singing my heart out.”

As ever, the personal has often been political in Tracey Thorn’s work. “Nine feminist bangers,” Tracey jokes when asked to describe Record. If this album is in part about freedom and disenthrallment, new single “Queen” is the opening broadside, all personal fire and desire. Her voice, self-assured and richly textured yet confessional and affecting, spits out the lyrics on Record with a fresh, compelling drive and remains one of the finest female pop voices of the last four decades.