Belle and Sebastian – The Cat with the Cream
By Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
2015 is already shaping up to be a year where the heavyweights throw us a bone after seemingly unendurable waits. It’s been nearly five years since Glasgow ‘wistful’ indie pop greats Belle and Sebastian (link) put out an insular studio album, the last being 2010’s Write About Love. In anticipation of upcoming effort Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, slated for January 19th via Matador, Belle and Sebastian are following up the first two singles ‘Party Line’ and ‘Nobody’s Empire’ they tossed our way with a third nugget, ‘The Cat with the Cream’.
Light, airy and full of atmosphere that teeters endearingly close to rambling, The Cat with the Cream is quintessential Belle and Sebastian – delicately morose and cheeky with offbeat likability. It’s nearly cinematic in nature, with sweet strings that swell in a subtle complementary cadence while transitive subject matter ambles neatly along. Although Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is billed to be synth-heavy and dance oriented in nature, ‘Cat’ seems to promise hope for little rays of lush, old line Belle and Sebastian mixed in come the end of January.
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance will be available with bonus tracks, extended mixes and more 1/19, with an album tour beginning 5/3 in Cardiff.