Belle & Sebastian Ready New Album, Extensive Reissue Series

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 05.28.14 in News

As followers of their Instagram account may have noticed, Belle & Sebastian have been busy wrapping their ninth studio album in Atlanta over the past month, an as-yet-untitled effort produced by Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Washed Out, Animal Collective) and set for a worldwide release through Matador. According to a Pepper interview with keyboardist Chris Geddes, the sessions have 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. [frontman] Stuart [Murdoch] and [multi-instrumentalist/singer] Sarah [Martin] like a lot of ’80s music, the rest of us probably lean more to the ’60s and ’70s. Not that we’re necessarily trying to emulate older stuff, but those records are the benchmark.”

The common threads that ran through the band’s back catalog will rise to the surface this fall when Matador plans on launching “an extensive reissue series” around the North American release of Murdoch’s God Help the Girl movie, which he wrote and directed. According to the film’s official site, it tells the story of “a better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.”

Check out a teaser for it below, along with the group’s upcoming tour dates…

Belle & Sebastian tour dates:
6/19 Vienna, Austria – Arena Wien Open Air
6/20 Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
6/21 Scheesel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
6/22 Hilvarenbeek, Holland – Best Kept Secret Festival
6/25 Copenhagen, Denmark – DR Concert Hall
6/26 Norkopping, Sweden – Bravalla Festival
7/26 Costa Brava, Spain – Festival Porta Ferada
7/28 Santiago de Compostela, Spain – Plaza de la Quintana
8/3 Katowice, Poland – Off Festival
8/8 Cesena, Italy – Rocca Mallatestiana
8/10 Palermo, Italy – Ypsigrock Festival
10/3 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/31 Paris, France – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris