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Everything But The Girl announce ‘Fuse’, their first album in 24 years

Listen to new single 'Nothing Left To Lose' now

By Nick Reilly

Everything But The Girl, 2023. Credit: Edward Bishop

Everything But The Girl have released new single ‘Nothing Left To Lose’, the first track to emerge from Fuse – which marks the duo’s first LP in more than 24 years.

The latest album from husband and wife duo Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt comprises of 10 tracks and is hailed as a “modern take on the lustrous electronic soul” that the duo made their name with in the 1990s.

It was largely recorded during secret sessions at their home in 2021, with additional recording taking place in Bath with their friend, the engineer Bruno Ellingham.

“Ironically the finished sound of the new album was the last thing on our mind when we started in March 2021,” said Tracey.

“Of course, we were aware of the pressures of such a long-awaited comeback, so we tried to begin instead in a spirit of open-minded playfulness, uncertain of the direction, receptive to invention.”

Ben added: “It was exciting. A natural dynamism developed. We spoke in short-hand, and little looks, and co-wrote instinctively. It became more than the sum of our two selves. It just became Everything But The Girl on its own’.”

“After so much time apart professionally, there was both a friction and a natural spark in the studio when we began”, added Tracey. “However much we underplayed it at the start, it was like a fuse had been lit. And it ended in a kind of coalescence, an emotional fusion. It felt very real and alive”.

Confirmation of the album comes after the duo confirmed their comeback on social media.

“Just thought you’d like to know that we have made a new Everything But The Girl album. It’ll be out next spring. Love, Ben and Tracey”.

The couple’s last release was in 2008 with the compilation album ‘The 90s Collection’.