As you may know I am an iTunes-a-holic and to make sure I remember to listen to older songs, once a month I will add all songs by a particular artist to my iPod so that for that month I will have their songs pop up when I play it on shuffle mode.
For January I have chosen Glaswegian indie-pop band Belle and Sebastian
When I was at University one of my friends was following Belle and Sebastian for ages before I really started to take notice of them. Their sound is describes as “wistful pop” and I think they have a song for every type of mood. The song that hooked me initially was “This Is Just A Modern Rock Song” – it’s such an epic, anthemic song.
My friend then made me an actual, physical cassette mix-tape of their songs. It was a very snowy winter that year and to this day all those songs on that tape, songs from their albums “Tigermilk”, “If You’re Feeling Sinister” and “The Boy With The Arab Strap” remind me of winter.
I especially liked “Lazy Line Painter Jane”…
…”Judy And The Dream Of Horses”…
…and “The Fox And The Snow”.
It was around this time that the television show “Teachers” was on Channel 4 and the song played at the end of each episode was “The Boy With The Arab Strap”. Get ready to clap your hands!
Their first album that I bought was “Fold Your Hand Child, You Walk Like A Peasant” in summer 2000. This was the first summer I stayed away from home, had a part-time job and this album comes with many happy memories. The stand out track on it, for me is “The Wrong Girl”.
I managed to see them live at The Music Hall, Aberdeen and they have since released a few more albums that I haven’t listened to as much as I feel that I should have so this month will change all that!
This month also sees the release of their latest album “Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance” and if the first two songs previewed from it, “The Party Line” and “Nobody’s Empire” are anything to go by then I am really excited for it.
If you are already familiar with them – remind yourself of their awesomeness.
If you’ve never heard them before – have a wee listen! If you want to find out more about the band’s history there is a really brilliant video where the band discuss their beginnings.
OMG – Pft me…