Belle and Sebastian have hardly been secretive about their upcoming studio album, but now they have finally let slip some key details.
As the Scottish indie-pop heroes’ Instagram account has documented, Stuart Murdoch and company were recently recording in Atlanta with producer Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Washed Out, Deerhunter). Today the band announced the follow-up to 2010′s Write About Love will be titled Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance and will be available on January 20, 2015, via Matador.
The video below includes a new Belle and Sebastian song that drapes Murdoch’s fey vocals about “the cat with the cream” in sweeping orchestration. Though that might seem to be in keeping with the band’s discography, the video also includes comments suggesting the album will be “different,” in part due to Allen’s hip-hop background and also due, perhaps, to “Southern elements.” (That last bit, however, could also just be a reference to the plate of barbeque being shown on-screen).
The keyboardist, Chris Geddes, previously said the sessions had been “a really great experience, really different to any record we’d made before … We don’t really think in terms of keeping up with the scene though. We probably all like some new music, not necessarily all the same stuff, and for most of us the records we love the most probably come from the decades before the band started.”
Belle and Sebastian have also added new tour dates — scroll down for those. Meanwhile, the group will bring its entire vinyl catalogue back into print on October 7 as part of an extensive reissues series. Murdoch also recently released the film and soundtrack God Help the Girl.
Belle and Sebastian tour dates:
9/29 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
10/1 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10/3 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/6-7 Los Angeles, CA – The Theater at the Ace Hotel
10/8 Phoenix, AZ – Civic Space Park
10/10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/12 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Music Festival
10/28 Manchester, England – Cathedral
10/29 Bexhill-on-Sea, England – De La Warr Pavilion
10/31 Paris, France – Pitchfork Festival
2/16 Taipei, Taiwan – Hostess Club Taipei
5/22 Glasgow, Scotland – Hydro Arena (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
6/10 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
7/2-4 Keflavik, Iceland – ATP Iceland