Belle and Sebastian will release their ninth studio album on January 20, 2015 (Jan 19 in the UK and Europe), “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance.” Today, a peek at the album cover, track listing, and more.
Last week, Stuart Murdoch and Richard Colburn gave fans a hint of what to expect. The album opens with “Nobody’s Empire,” which Stuart said “is absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.” About the beginnings of his lifelong struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which led to his first forays into songwriting, it is easily one of his most musically and emotionally epic songs.
What it doesn’t indicate is how fun the album is. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others, the band – who have been listening to things like vintage Detroit techno and Giogio Moroder – have brought a dance-party element (and a disco song about Sylvia Plath) into their gorgeous tales of sensitive souls navigating a world gone awry. It is perhaps the most inspired and wide-reaching album Belle and Sebastian have ever made.
1. Nobody’s Empire
3. The Party Line
4. The Power of Three
5. The Cat with the Cream
6. Enter Sylvia Plath
7. The Everlasting Muse
8. Perfect Couples
9. Ever Had a Little Faith?
10. Play for Today
11. The Book of You
12. Today (This Army’s for Peace)
– CD (with 24 page booklet)
– Vinyl: 2x LP gatefold vinyl
– Box set: Limited edition 4x LP with exclusive bonus tracks, extended mixes and poster
Tuesday, October 28 – Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, UK
Wednesday, October 29 – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea, UK
Friday, October 31 – Pitchfork Festival, Paris, France
Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 – AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena (with the Scottish Festival orchestra), Glasgow, UK
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland