BELLE and SEBASTIAN
The kings of indie pop
Named after a French novel, Belle and Sebastian are one of the most acclaimed bands in the international indie pop scene. Formed in Glasgow in 1996, and led by Stuart Murdoch, throughout his long career they have mixed intellectual and mature pop with fun, original and innovative rhythms; folk songs with more complex orchestral structures, with the perpetual presence of guitars and their characteristic keyboards. Belle and Sebastian’s songs are always fresh and pleasant for the audience.
They debuted in the mid 90s with “Tigermilk”, whose good response made the group settle before launching “If You’re Feeling Sinister”, one of their greatest artistic achievements, including iconic indie pop songs like “Like Dylan in The Movies”. But commercial success came with their third studio album, “The Boy With the Arab Strap” (1998), which led them to the top of the British charts and gave them a cult band reputation. Thus, the prestigious New Musical Express magazine awarded in 2014 its “extraordinary” contribution to music, recognizing its status as a highly influential group.
In the first decade of the 21st century, they came back to action with “The Life Pursuit” (2006), their most commercial album that includes some of their main hymns, like “Another Sunny Day” or “Funny Little Frog”. “The Life Pursuit” is a wonderful production that has always accompanied them in their live shows around the globe. Their heterogeneous fans are spread all over the world. In fact, when you discover Belle and Sebastian, they stay among your favorite bands forever.