Tracey Thorn

Songs from The Falling

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Through social media, Tracey Thorn expressed admiration for a pair of documentaries made by Carol Morley. Morley subsequently approached Thorn at a book signing for the latter's 2013 memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star. This, along with a dream Morley had in which Thorn appeared, led to Thorn providing music for The Falling. With friends at an English girls' school -- set in the late '60s -- as the main characters, Thorn flashed back to her early-'80s recordings with Marine Girls and A Distant Shore, her 1982 solo album. Engineered and released by partner Ben Watt, Thorn recorded these eight succinct, quiet songs with instruments -- including triangle, recorder, and woodblock -- used in one of the film's scenes. Like those earlier works, these songs are simple and affecting, comforting yet often on the verge of sullen. They fit the mood of the film, and the lyrics are far from a literal recycling of the script.

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