Everything But The Girl released their new song “No One Knows We’re Dancing” and its lyric video. “No One Knows We’re Dancing” is taken from the duo’s upcoming new album Fuse, and follows recent releases “Run A Red Light”, “Caution To The Wind”, and “Nothing Left To Lose”.
Previous album tracks have been well received by the media (‘Each new song from Everything But The Girl is something to be cherished’ – Clash; ‘Real heft, as well as a kind of lived-in ease’ – Pitchfork); at radio (two songs on the BBC 6 Music A-List Playlist); and at editorial playlists (New Music Friday, All New Indie, The Other List, Loops).
Speaking about “No One Knows We’re Dancing”, Tracey says “I think we all missed the commonality of nightlife and going out during the pandemic. The song is a eulogy to the heyday of packed Sunday clubs – the faces, the secret life, the clubs where Ben DJ’d in the early 2000s”.
“The tempo is deliberately dreamlike,” adds Ben. “Slowed-down disco, like a memory. We asked producer DJ Ewan Pearson to add some body to the groove and he sprinkles some delicious extra synth lines and thickens the Italo-flavored drums.”
Written and produced by Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn during Spring/Summer 2022, Fuse is a modern take on the brilliant electronic sound the band first pioneered in the mid-90s. Thorn’s impressive, richly textured voice once again takes the lead in Watt’s landscape of shimmering sub-bass, sharp beats, hazy synth tones, and space, and as before, the result is a group sound that feels musically comfortable, and contemporary, but still youthful.
The pair recorded in secret at home and in a small riverside studio outside Bath with friend and engineer Bruno Ellingham. For the first two months, the artist name on the album was simply TREN (Tracey and Ben), and early recordings focused on ambient sound montages and improvised spectral piano loops that Ben recorded on his iPhone while isolated at home during the pandemic. Ideas that would later evolve into atmospheric songs like When You Mess Up and Interior Space.
Everything But The Girl broke into the UK indie scene in 1982 with a sensational jazz-folk cover of Cole Porter’s Night and Day. They released a string of gold albums in the UK in the 80s, experimenting with jazz, guitar pop, orchestral wall-of-sound, and drum-machine soul.
After Watt’s near-death experience with a rare autoimmune disease in 1992. The pair returned in 1994 with the popular folktronica hit, Amplified Heart. The album included their biggest hit, Missing after New York DJ producer Todd Terry’s remix unexpectedly made the leap from heavy club play to global radio success (Number 2 US Hot 100; Number 3 UK Top 40).
The sparkling The Walking Wounded followed in 1996 – emotional songs full of ideas from the mid-90s electronic scene (number 4 in the UK album charts). The album spawned four UK Top 40 hits, becoming the band’s first platinum-selling album. After their final performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2000, the pair decided to leave Everything But The Girl on a high.
Everything But The Girl’s new song, No One Knows We’re Dancing, has already been released and the new album, Fuse, is due out on Friday, April 21.