Belle and Sebastian – ‘We Were Beautiful’

Today, Belle and Sebastian release new single ‘We Were Beautiful’– the first new music to surface from the group since 2015.

Listen/watch HERE:

The song was recorded in Glasgow and produced by the band and Brian McNeill. The video  was filmed throughout Glasgow, from Crookston in the south-west, through the City Centre to Easterhouse and Cranhill, it is life experienced at different speeds as the city wakes up over a Saturday morning.

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GLASTONBURY 2015 x The Highlights

The infamous five day music festival that takes place annually near Pilton, Somerset in England, drawing crowds of around 175,000 took place over June 24 – 28th. Amongst the star-studded lineup included many of our talented artist friends including Alabama Shakes, SBTRKT, Jamie xx, FKA Twigs, Father John Misty and more.
Check out their sets below and share.

For more photos, go to www.bbc.co.uk/events/e84mxj
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BELLE & SEBASTIAN “NOBODY’S EMPIRE” TRACK & VIDEO PREMIERES SECOND SINGLE FROM GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE

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The new video for Belle & Sebastian’s latest single, “Nobody’s Empire,” premiered yesterday on the band’s site http://www.belleandsebastian.com.  The opening track from the group’s forthcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, Stuart Murdoch says of the single, “it’s absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.”

The video for “Nobody’s Empire” combines footage from the album cover shoot – with cover model, actor Tamzin Merchant, taking on the role of Stuart Murdoch in this tale of Murdoch’s health problems as a younger man – with over 100 clips received from Belle and Sebastian fans, as well as archival clips from the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library Of Scotland and the Prelinger Archives.

Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance will be released on 19th January, 2015, on Matador. The ninth studio album from Belle and Sebastian was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter). Additional mixing took place in Glasgow with longtime collaborator Tony Doogan before being mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.

Watch ‘THE PARTY LINE’ – the first video from upcoming Belle & Sebastian album

 

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“Far from being a revolution for B&S, their 13th single is a return to old ideals…the ‘Expectations’ singer can still pen an indie banger” – Drowned In Sound

“The Party Line,” sounds like a party indeed: The four-minute song bounces with melody, bumps with rhythm, and urges the listener, “Jump to the beat of the party line.” Don’t mind if we do.” – Spin

Watch ‘THE PARTY LINE’ – the first video from upcoming Belle & Sebastian album Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance

The film is the first from the band’s upcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, which is due for release in the UK on January 16th, 2015; a mere ten days before their first ever New Zealand performance at Laneway Festival in Auckland on the 26th.

Billboard Magazine recently reviewed ‘The Party Line’ as taking Belle & Sebastian’s “seductive indie-pop to new levels of funkiness”. For the video, Canadian directors Leblanc + Cudmore (Kevin Drew, Stephen Malkmus) and choreographer Robert Binet have created a surreal dance film with a story repeated in triptych.

The band also released an in-studio film featuring parts of the track ‘The Cat With The Cream’

Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance will be released on January 16th, 2015 via Matador / Rhythmethod. The ninth studio album from Belle and Sebastian was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter). Additional mixing took place in Glasgow with longtime collaborator Tony Doogan before being mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.

Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance track listing:
1. Nobody’s Empire
2. Allie
3. The Party Line
4. The Power of Three
5. The Cat with the Cream
6. Enter Sylvia Plath
7. The Everlasting Muse
8. Perfect Couples
9. Ever Had a Little Faith?
10. Play for Today
11. The Book of You
12. Today (This Army’s for Peace)

Touring in 2015:
Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand  – BUY TICKETS 

LINKS:

http://www.belleandsebastian.com 
https://twitter.com/bellesglasgow
https://www.facebook.com/belleandsebastian
http://instagram.com/bellesglasgow

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Belle & Sebastian share their first single “The Party Line”

“The Party Line” is taken from the forthcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, “The Party Line” is the first radio single since “Come on Sister” from their previous album, 2010’s Write About Love.

Listen to the new single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7CP2zxS4zo&feature=youtu.be

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In January next year, Belle and Sebastian will celebrate the summer with their performance at Laneway Festival at Silo Park in Auckland on January 26th.

Of the trip down under, Stuart Murdoch said,

“The people’s republic of Belle and Sebastian is on the move again, taking

its message of responsible pop music in a revolutionary age to lands far and

near.

A little bit older, but no wiser, maturing like a fine wine ought to, our

love for music, and the chance to lay it on your tender ear, is not

diminished.

We will pop you.”

Tomorrow, Thursday October 30th, the band will take to their Facebook for a Q&A session with fans, starting at 1:30pm EST/6:30am NZT, with questions submitted via the band’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/belleandsebastian?fref=ts. Add your questionsint he comments section now!

 Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance will be released on Matador / Rhythmethod on January 16th, 2015. The ninth studio album from Belle and Sebastian was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter). Additional mixing took place in Glasgow with longtime collaborator Tony Doogan before being mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.

Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

LINKS:

http://www.belleandsebastian.com

https://twitter.com/bellesglasgow

https://www.facebook.com/belleandsebastian

http://instagram.com/bellesglasgow

http://www.matadorrecords.com/belle_and_sebastian

Hi-res band photo by Søren Solkær Starbird

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Belle and Sebastian reveal more details of new album

Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
out Jan 16 one week prior to their
Auckland Laneway performance

Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

As previously announced, Belle and Sebastian will release their ninth studio album on January 16, 2015 (Jan 19 in the UK and Europe), “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance.” Today, a peek at the album cover, track listing, and more.

Last week, The Quietus published an interview with Stuart Murdoch and Richard Colburn which gives a hint of what to expect. The album opens with “Nobody’s Empire,” which Stuart said “is absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.” About the beginnings of his lifelong struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which led to his first forays into songwriting, it is easily one of his most musically and emotionally epic songs.

What it doesn’t indicate is how fun the album is. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others, the band – who have been listening to things like vintage Detroit techno and Giogio Moroder – have brought a dance-party element (and a disco song about Sylvia Plath) into their gorgeous tales of sensitive souls navigating a world gone awry. It is perhaps the most inspired and wide-reaching album Belle and Sebastian have ever made.

ALBUM PRE-ORDER:
iTunes

TRACK LISTING:
1. Nobody’s Empire
2. Allie
3. The Party Line
4. The Power of Three
5. The Cat with the Cream
6. Enter Sylvia Plath
7. The Everlasting Muse
8. Perfect Couples
9. Ever Had a Little Faith?
10. Play for Today
11. The Book of You
12. Today (This Army’s for Peace)

FORMATS

Digital (iTunes comes with pre-order bonus tracks ‘Piggy In The Middle‘ and ‘A Politician’s Silence’)

– CD (with 24 page booklet)

– Vinyl: 2x LP gatefold vinyl

– Box set: Limited edition 4x LP with exclusive bonus tracks, extended mixes and poster

http://www.belleandsebastian.com
https://twitter.com/bellesglasgow
https://www.facebook.com/belleandsebastian
http://instagram.com/bellesglasgow