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SPOTLIGHT: Belle & Sebastian.

Ah, Belle & Sebastian. The epitome of an indie band, singing in cutesy tones (on occasion) and still managing to convey a message. Unknown to all but those on the surface of indie-ness (and of course loved by those who’ve managed to swim), Belle & Sebastian are somewhat of a legend, and of course, like all great music, still relevant today.

Belle and Sebastian

An indie pop band formed in Glasgow, Scotland in January 1996, they are one of the best-known Scottish bands and are one of the most celebrated groups of the 1990s. Belle & Sebastian are often compared to influential indie bands such as The Smiths, as well as classic rock acts such as Love, Bob Dylan and Nick Drake. The name Belle & Sebastian is inspired by Belle et Sébastien, a children’s book by French writer Cécile Aubry. Lauded by critics, Belle & Sebastian’s “wistful pop” has nevertheless enjoyed only limited commercial success. (wikipedia)

I love the description “wistful pop.” It’s very indicative of exactly what B&S is: something happy, poppy, but sad in the attempt. Does that make sense? They are often featured on movie soundtracks, with a recent example being the much-lauded Juno, but I wonder if they’re on there because they’re happy-sounding, sad-sounding, or that right concoction of both. I hope it’s both.

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(from Dear Catastrophe Waitress)
“Wrapped Up In Books”
(from The Life Pursuit)
“Funny Little Frog”
“We Are the Sleepyheads”

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