BRIT Award-winning 7-piece Belle and Sebastian have announced their 10th album and first studio full-length in 7 years, A Bit Of Previous, released May 6th on Matador / Remote Control. First single, ‘Unnecessary Drama’, rips through a cacophony of overdriven riffs and a droning harmonica that borders on the unhinged and is one of the band’s heaviest outings.
A Bit Of Previous was recorded in Belle and Sebastian’s hometown of Glasgow when plans to fly to Los Angeles in spring of 2020 were scrapped due to the pandemic. Says frontman Stuart Murdoch in the liner notes: “We did it together, us and the city. This record was the first ‘full’ LP recording for B&S in Glasgow since Fold Your Hands Child, 1999. We clocked in every morning, we played our songs, we wrote together, we tried new things, we took the proverbial lump of clay, and we threw it every day.” The result is one of the most diverse, hands-on and thrilling entries in the bands’ catalogue, self-produced and recorded.