Tracyanne & Danny is a new collaborative project between singer-songwriters Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby).
Their paths first crossed in 2013 when introduced by mutual music industry pals. Mutual artistic respect led to the swapping of song ideas, but tentative plans to work together were set aside while Camera Obscura released their fifth album Desire Lines. Following the death of Camera Obscura's 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, they recorded at Clashnarrow, a studio in Helmsdale in the highlands of Scotland owned by the esteemed Edwyn Collins. Sessions took place throughout 2016 and 2017. Edwyn co-produced along with engineer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Read (Dexys). They had the use of Edwyn's vintage gear as they invoked a range of shared influences: The Roches, Dion, Lou Reed, The Flamingos, Serge Gainsbourg, Santo & Johnny, and The Style Council.
Tracyanne & Danny is not a diverting curio or a wee stop on the road to someplace else. It is a shared artistic aesthetic, forged over time. There will be more songs.
"Tracyanne & Danny brings together old pop influences, some roots and a classic indie-pop sound in a tight package that’s moody and emotional without being dreary or sentimental." Spectrum Culture
1. Home & Dry
2. It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts
3. Deep in the Night
7. The Honeymooners
8. Anybody Else
9. Cellophane Girl