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Long Fuse Burning

by Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections

The first full-length album from Boston indie-folk rockers Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections, Long Fuse Burning combines soulful vocals, poignant songwriting, and piano-driven pop-rock with a dash of sleazy swagger and alt-country twang.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Is It Enough?
3:15 $0.99
2. Dirty Little Secret
5:13 $0.99
3. Miss the Life
3:53 $0.99
4. (Even the Good Guys) Fall
3:25 $0.99
5. Move a Crowd
4:41 $0.99
6. Harder Girl
3:43 $0.99
7. This Goodbye
4:17 $0.99
8. Color the Air
4:14 $0.99
9. Sweetheart
3:56 $0.99
10. Fortune-Found Lover
4:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
Major chords strummed over the simple beat of a waltz is an unassuming way to start a song, let alone an entire album. But like the slow sizzle of a wick attached to dynamite, “Is It Enough,” the first song on Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections’ new album Long Fuse Burning, marks the subtle quiet before the blast. What follows is the unapologetic, unabashed honesty of a woman no longer willing to mince words. As Tracy sings, “I like you a lot I might say. But I like a lot of people these days. And it’s beautiful when you don’t give a damn about anyone.”

This candor comes through in full force on songs like “Dirty Little Secret,” which serves up a gin-soaked, country-tinged flavor that recalls late nights and bad decisions, moving from cheeky to dark as Beach Boys–esque vocals wash away the grit to reveal an aching starkness. In “Color the Air,” which begins with an intro worthy of Roger Waters (add “adherence to genre rules” to Tracy’s list of “zero fucks given”), she demands honesty, even embracing the bitter taste this truth will reveal. Within all this wistfulness, there’s Tracy’s signature turn of phrase—wry, pointed aphorisms belied by their subtle and sweet delivery: “When I met you, we both said we were bad people. I remember thinking one of is right.”

Of course, not every song serves up such a bite. On “Move a Crowd,” the band gets a little help from songwriter and alt-rock icon Juliana Hatfield, her distinct treble voice lending itself to soaring vocals over a John Lennon–like chord progression—a fitting pairing for a track that offers a musician’s perspective on love, connection, and often heartbreak from the stage.

This self-awareness and assuredness—born from lessons learned, dues paid, and the sense that now, especially, is not the time for reticence—speaks to the heart of Long Fuse Burning. “When I went to name this album,” Tracy explains, “this idea seemed to encompass both the simmering rage I’d been feeling politically and socially in recent years and the careful growth and planning I’d been nurturing creatively as I grew from shy folk singer to confident side player in rock bands to a bold, self-actualized frontwoman.” The phrase comes from the album’s penultimate song, “Sweetheart,” an anthem about second-wave feminism: “I’ve got a long fuse burning with a brighter light. She said lean in, you’ve got another side. I’m a sweetheart, baby, ’til they cross the line.” Inspired by artists like Jenny Lewis, Fleetwood Mac, and Lucinda Williams, Long Fuse Burning provides a musical portraiture of what happens when you’ve been pushed too far.

An in-demand side player in the Boston rock scene (Juliana Hatfield; Hot Stove, Cool Music’s Band of Their Own; Nate Leavitt; St. Helena), Magen Tracy had the opportunity to enlist some of her own favorite musicians, including Josh Kantor, Fenway Park’s venerable organist, as well as Tracy’s band, which includes Stud Green (Humble Tripe), Tamora Gooding (Gene Dante & the Future Starlets, Axemunkee), Mike Oram (Juliana Hatfield, Abbie Barrett, Eric Salt, Cujo), and Sam Spencer (Sera Del Fuego, Milling Gowns). Long Fuse Burning was produced by Ed Valauskas, with additional tracks by Craig Small, mixed by Pat DiCenso, and recorded at Q Division Studios and Mortal Music in Massachusetts.


The Missed Connections are:
Magen Tracy, vocals, piano, keyboards
Mike Oram, guitar, backing vocals
Stud Green, violin, cello, backing vocals
Sam Spencer, bass
Tamora Gooding, drums, percussion

Juliana Hatfield, backing vocals on tracks 1, 5, and 7
Josh Kantor, Hammond organ on tracks 1, 2, and 3
Craig Small, guitars, backing vocals, percussion on tracks 6, 8, and 9

All songs written by Magen Tracy except Fortune-Found Lover written by Elizabeth Herman Tracy.

Produced by Ed Valauskas except tracks 6, 8, and 9 produced by Craig Small

Recorded by James Bridges at Q Division Studios with additional recording by Caitlyn Bongiovi, except track 6 recorded by Andy Pinkam at Mortal Music and tracks 8 and 9 recorded by Pat DiCenso at Q Division Studios. Additional recording by Craig Small at A Small Studio (tracks 6, 8, and 9) and Dan Nicklin at Henley Row (track 9).

Mixed by Pat DiCenso

Mastered by Mike Quinn

Album Art by Jenny Bergman / The Secret Bureau of Art & Design



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