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Christian Eede
21 April 2023, 12:42

Everything But The Girl release first album in over two decades, 'Fuse': Listen

The duo recorded the album over the course of spring and summer 2021

Everything But the Girl press shot
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Everything But The Girl have released their first album in 24 years. You can listen to it below.

Out today, 'Fuse' was recorded by the duo in secret at a small studio outside Bath, as well as at the duo's home, over the course of spring and summer 2021. Some tracks on the record were pieced together from ambient sound montages and piano loops that the duo's Ben Watt recorded into his iPhone, while others, such as the lead track 'Nothing Left To Lose', look towards the dancefloor.

Speaking previously about the record, Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn said: "Ironically the finished sound of the new album was the last thing on our mind when we started in March 2021. 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."

Expanding on the creative process behind the album, Watt 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."

Formed in in 1982, Everything But The Girl had top 10 UK chart success with their hit song 'Missing' in 1995, which was remixed into a cult dance classic by Todd Terry. The duo were also nominated for MTV, EMA and Ivor Novello Awards, and released their last studio album to date, 'Temperamental', in 1999.

Earlier this week, the duo shared the album cut 'No One Knows We're Dancing'.

Listen to 'Fuse' in full below.