Best “sad bastard music… ever!”: New Video from Belle & Sebastian

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The new video for Belle & Sebastian’s latest single, “Nobody’s Empire,” premiered recently on the band’s site. The opening track of their forthcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, Stuart Murdoch says “it’s absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.”

The video combines footage from the album cover shoot – with actor and cover model Tamzin Merchant taking on the role of Stuart Murdoch in this tale of Murdoch’s health problems as a younger man – with over 100 clips received from B&S fans, as well as archival clips from the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library Of Scotland and the Prelinger Archives.


Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance
will be released on January 20th, 2015 via Matador. The ninth studio album from Belle and Sebastian was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter). Additional mixing took place in Glasgow with longtime collaborator Tony Doogan before being mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.

 Track Listing:

  1. Nobody’s Empire, 2. Allie, 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)

Tour Dates:

January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand

January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia

January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia

January 31 – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia

February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia

February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia

February 12 – AX Club, Seoul, Korea

February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan

February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo

March 30th: USA, Cambridge, House of Blue

April 1st: Canada, Toronto, Massey Hall

April 2nd: USA, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak

April 3rd: USA, Riviera, Chicago

May 3 – St. David’s, Cardiff, Wales

May 4 – Colston Hall, Bristol

May 5 – Guildhall, Portsmouth

May 7 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England

May 8 – Open, Norwich, England

May 10 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England

May 11 – Westminster Central Hall, London

May 12th: UK, Westminster, Central Hall

May 15th: UK, Manchester, Albert Hall

May 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England

May 16 – City Hall, Newcastle, England

May 18 – Opera House, Buxton, England

May 19 – City Hall, Leeds, England

May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)

May 24 -Sound City, Liverpool, England

June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York

July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland

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