Glasgow’s indie pop band Belle & Sebastian are set to release their first album in four years, Belle and Sebastian Write About Love, on Oct. 12 and early reviews suggest that it’s an album well worth the wait.
BBC’s Ian Wade writes “Write About Love is a cracking pop album and a fine addition to a great band’s already impressive catalogue. Had it been released a few months ago, it would’ve literally been the sound of summer. As it is, in a dank and damp October, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a plateful of cakes. Marvelous.”
Fans who pick up a copy of the new album can enter a contest to have the band write a song about them. Each album comes with a unique code to enter on the band’s official website. The code will direct fans to a page where they can try their hand at writing about love in 300 words or less. The band will choose its favorite essay and frontman Stuart Murdoch will travel to the home of the winner where he will spend the day and then write a personalized song. The track will be released as a 7″ single next year.
To watch the band perform lead-off single “I Want the World to Stop” (featuring guest vocals by actress Carey Mulligan) and “I Didn’t See it Coming,” visit belleandsebastian.com.
Also, check out this Belle & Sebastian (accompanied by Jenny Lewis) live performance last Saturday at LA’s Hollywood Palladium of “Lazy Line Painter Jane.”