Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 2) 12"Label: Matador Records
A new Belle and Sebastian release is always something to cheer. So three new releases leads to the inevitable conclusion: three cheers! Here is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win aBrit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the offcial London residence of the US ambassador (the last president’s ambassador, not the current one’s).
Murdoch, as ever, is not the only writer. Sarah Martin (violin/ vocals) brought in the delicious ‘The Same Star’, which marries Belle and Sebastian’s melodiousness to a pounding Motown backbeat, and was produced by Leo Abrahams (Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Regina Spektor).
There’s one big reason why 15 songs are coming out on three EPs, rather than one album. “We’d made a couple of LPs, Tigermilk and If You’re Feeling Sinister, within the space of six months,”Murdoch says, remembering the early days of the band’s career, and how that fed into their decision-making this time.
Part 1 was released 12/8/2017
Part 3 & a gorgeous box set + CD encompassing all three EPs will be available February 16, 2018.