Belle & Sebastian’s quiet, chamomile-sipping parlour pop may be unassuming, yet the group has become Glasgow’s chief musical export and a mighty, influential force in the indie world. Leader Stuart Murdoch wrote and recorded his first album Tigermilk, a collection of breezy, 60s folk pop songs with horn-inflected arrangements, as a college project. When the scant first run sold out almost immediately alone, Belle & Sebastian was born in earnest. Its follow-up, If You’re Feeling Sinister was released soon after to international acclaim, and the band has kept the world enthralled with a steady stream of EPs and albums since. The group’s successful 2006 release The Life Pursuit features a gutsier production and more playfully muscular arrangements, winning back some fans that may have tired of the old formula.
Followers: Oppenheimer, Dogs Die in Hot Cars
Influenced By: Orange Juice, The Bluebells, Marine Girls, Teenage Fanclub...