After 24 Years, Everything But The Girl Will Release A New Album Next Year

3 November 2022 | 8:43 am | Mary Varvaris

The husband and wife duo announced their return on social media.

(Pic by Marcelo Krasilcic)

Everything But The Girl have announced that their first album in 24 years will come out next spring (well, autumn for us). The husband and wife duo, vocalist Tracey Thorn and multi-instrumentalist and producer Ben Watt, released 11 albums between 1984 and 1999 before taking an indefinite hiatus.

The couple created an Instagram account for the first time to share, "For our first post, we thought you'd like to know we've made a new Everything But The Girl album. It'll be out next spring. Love, Ben and Tracey."

Thorn also revealed the news on her Twitter account: "Just thought you'd like to know that Ben and I have made a new Everything But The Girl album. It'll be out next spring."

Their driving pop number, Missing, from 1994's Amplified Heart gifted the duo a worldwide hit after the New York DJ Todd Terry remixed the track in 1995. Missing hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995 and enjoyed seven months on the UK Singles Chart; the song was nominated for a Brit Award for Best British Single.

The English duo formed the project in 1982, and their music has spanned from jazz-influenced pop music, electronic, trip-hop, and new wave to alternative pop.

Thorn and Watt have released music separately since the hiatus of Everything But The Girl - Thorn has released five solo albums, with her most recent album, Record, in 2018. Watt has released four solo albums; his most recent record, Storm Damage, came out in January 2020. He has also worked as a DJ, launched record labels and production companies, and co-owned West London nightclubs Neighbourhood and Cherry Jam.

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Everything But The Girl haven't performed publicly since 2000. In 2019, Thorn told The Guardian that she dislikes performing live and will never again sing in front of a live audience. So, a new record will very likely not include a tour, but who doesn't love new, unexpected music?