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Belle And Sebastian

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Stuart Murdoch and his mates in Glasgow's long-running pop auteurs Belle and Sebastian sound more jubilant today than ever. In 2021, after 26 years and 11 albums together, COVID forced Murdoch (vocals, guitar) along with original members, Stevie Jackson (guitar), Sarah Martin (vocals, violin), Chris Geddes (keyboards) and Richard Colburn (drums) as well as relatively new additions Bobby Kildea (guitar) and Dave McGowan (guitar, bass) to stay home in Scotland and record a new album. Some songs turned into A Bit of Previous, released in May 2022, and another album's worth of music from those fertile sessions has now become Late Developers. Far from being an odds and sods collection, these 11 tracks are an equally rich lode of Belle and Sebastian exploring pop music's prismatic spectrum. Echoes of the band's folkier past appear in "Will I Tell You a Secret," where a harpsichord effect on the keyboard gives the tune a 1960s chamber pop flavor. With horns, backing vocals and the pace of a classic R&B ballad "The Evening Star" changes the focus to Motown with a dash of Memphis soul snap. Gush is the emotional response that comes to mind when the handclaps, chiming guitars and luscious vocal harmonies of "Give A Little Time'' make their case: "Speculate, accumulate/ Embrace the love, erase the hate." But not all the words here ignore the more jagged aspects of the emotional inner life that has always been Belle and Sebastian's constant subject. In the sweet and sour vein of what their official bio calls "coaxing you towards inner peace with … a melody that lifts you out of the murk of all that terrifying truth," the very Smiths-esque "When We Were Very Young" finds Murdoch, who now has "kids and dystopia," lamenting against a perky melody: "I wish I could be content/ With the football scores/ I wish I could be content with my daily chores/ With my daily worship of the sublime/ I wish I could walk away/ From my scars and sores." Produced by the band and Brian McNeill with help from a quartet of mixers, the result is bright, full, and in-your-face. The cleverly titled Late Developers is filled with joy and now the wisdom of age; Belle and Sebastian continue to make smart, stylish pop music look easy. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Juliet Naked
00:03:22

Belle And Sebastian, Producer, MainArtist - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Kevin Burleigh, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Beggars Music, MusicPublisher - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Christopher Thomas Geddes, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard William Colburn, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Michael Kildea, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Thomas Jackson, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David McGowan, ComposerLyricist - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Mattitude Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

2
Give A Little Time
00:03:23

Belle And Sebastian, Producer, MainArtist - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Brian McNeill, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Beggars Music, MusicPublisher - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Christopher Thomas Geddes, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard William Colburn, ComposerLyricist - Robert Michael Kildea, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Thomas Jackson, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David McGowan, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Mattitude Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

3
When We Were Very Young
00:03:52

Belle And Sebastian, Producer, MainArtist - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Brian McNeill, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Beggars Music, MusicPublisher - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Christopher Thomas Geddes, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard William Colburn, ComposerLyricist - Robert Michael Kildea, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Thomas Jackson, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David McGowan, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Mattitude Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

4
Will I Tell You A Secret
00:02:15

Belle And Sebastian, Producer, MainArtist - Sarah Willson, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Brian McNeill, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Beggars Music, MusicPublisher - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Christopher Thomas Geddes, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard William Colburn, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Michael Kildea, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Thomas Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David McGowan, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Mattitude Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

5
So In The Moment
00:03:23

Belle And Sebastian, Producer, MainArtist - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Brian McNeill, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Beggars Music, MusicPublisher - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Christopher Thomas Geddes, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard William Colburn, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Michael Kildea, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Thomas Jackson, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David McGowan, ComposerLyricist - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Mattitude Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

6
The Evening Star
00:04:25

Belle And Sebastian, Producer, MainArtist - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Brian McNeill, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Beggars Music, MusicPublisher - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Michael Owers, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Thomas Geddes, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard William Colburn, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Michael Kildea, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Thomas Jackson, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David McGowan, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Mattitude Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

7
When You're Not With Me
00:04:42

Belle And Sebastian, MainArtist - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Matt Wiggins, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Beggars Music, MusicPublisher - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Christopher Thomas Geddes, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard William Colburn, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Michael Kildea, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Thomas Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David McGowan, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Mattitude Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

8
I Don't Know What You See In Me
00:03:39

Belle And Sebastian, MainArtist - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Brian McNeill, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Kyle startup, MixingEngineer - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Christopher Thomas Geddes, AssociatedPerformer - Richard William Colburn, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Michael Kildea, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Thomas Jackson, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer - David McGowan, AssociatedPerformer - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Pete Ferguson, Producer, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

9
Do You Follow
00:04:19

Belle And Sebastian, Producer, MainArtist - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Tony Doogan, Producer, Engineer - Shawn Everett, Producer - Brian McNeill, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Kevin Burleigh, Producer, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer - Beggars Music, MusicPublisher - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Christopher Thomas Geddes, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard William Colburn, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Michael Kildea, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Thomas Jackson, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David McGowan, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Mattitude Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

10
When The Cynics Stare Back From The Wall
00:04:21

Belle And Sebastian, Producer, MainArtist - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Brian McNeill, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Tracyanne Campbell, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Quigley, AssociatedPerformer - Beggars Music, MusicPublisher - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Christopher Thomas Geddes, ComposerLyricist - Richard William Colburn, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Michael Kildea, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Thomas Jackson, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David McGowan, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Mattitude Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

11
Late Developers
00:04:20

Belle And Sebastian, Producer, MainArtist - Frank Arkwright, Engineer - Brian McNeill, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Ryan Quigley, AssociatedPerformer - Beggars Music, MusicPublisher - Peermusic Ltd, MusicPublisher - Paul Towndrow, AssociatedPerformer - Anjolee Williams, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Owers, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Thomas Geddes, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard William Colburn, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Michael Kildea, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Ann Martin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Thomas Jackson, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Lee Murdoch, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David McGowan, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Olivia Walker, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Henderson McCrary, AssociatedPerformer - Hipgnosis Songs Group, MusicPublisher - Patience Henderson McCrary, AssociatedPerformer - Mattitude Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Leo McCrary, AssociatedPerformer

2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records 2023 Belle and Sebastian under exclusive license to Matador Records

Album Description

Stuart Murdoch and his mates in Glasgow's long-running pop auteurs Belle and Sebastian sound more jubilant today than ever. In 2021, after 26 years and 11 albums together, COVID forced Murdoch (vocals, guitar) along with original members, Stevie Jackson (guitar), Sarah Martin (vocals, violin), Chris Geddes (keyboards) and Richard Colburn (drums) as well as relatively new additions Bobby Kildea (guitar) and Dave McGowan (guitar, bass) to stay home in Scotland and record a new album. Some songs turned into A Bit of Previous, released in May 2022, and another album's worth of music from those fertile sessions has now become Late Developers. Far from being an odds and sods collection, these 11 tracks are an equally rich lode of Belle and Sebastian exploring pop music's prismatic spectrum. Echoes of the band's folkier past appear in "Will I Tell You a Secret," where a harpsichord effect on the keyboard gives the tune a 1960s chamber pop flavor. With horns, backing vocals and the pace of a classic R&B ballad "The Evening Star" changes the focus to Motown with a dash of Memphis soul snap. Gush is the emotional response that comes to mind when the handclaps, chiming guitars and luscious vocal harmonies of "Give A Little Time'' make their case: "Speculate, accumulate/ Embrace the love, erase the hate." But not all the words here ignore the more jagged aspects of the emotional inner life that has always been Belle and Sebastian's constant subject. In the sweet and sour vein of what their official bio calls "coaxing you towards inner peace with … a melody that lifts you out of the murk of all that terrifying truth," the very Smiths-esque "When We Were Very Young" finds Murdoch, who now has "kids and dystopia," lamenting against a perky melody: "I wish I could be content/ With the football scores/ I wish I could be content with my daily chores/ With my daily worship of the sublime/ I wish I could walk away/ From my scars and sores." Produced by the band and Brian McNeill with help from a quartet of mixers, the result is bright, full, and in-your-face. The cleverly titled Late Developers is filled with joy and now the wisdom of age; Belle and Sebastian continue to make smart, stylish pop music look easy. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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