Wednesday, September 29, 2010

pop*eye...Belle and Sebastian—Write About Love (2010)


Belle and Sebastian
Write About Love (2010)

*I Proud To Recommended!!!*

It was only a few months ago that Belle and Sebastian were recording a new album in Los Angeles and Tweeting about Trader Joes indulgences. Stuart Murdoch and co. must’ve found a lot of inspiration in those knock-off gourmet treats, since they’ve just announced that their first full-length in four years, Belle and Sebastian Write about Love, is slated for release on October 12 via Matador. Posting two different duotone album covers and a slick video that gives only a brief glimpse of a new song, “I Want the World to Stop”, the Belles, despite the layoff, remain ever the teases.

Belle and Sebastian
Hell's Belles ... Stuart Murdoch's indie bookworms will return with a new LP

Those already familiar with Belle and Sebastian will know exactly what to expect from their new album Write About Love; mild-mannered chamber-pop full of warm charm and wit. Their last album, The Life Pursuit, was released back in 2006 to reviews praising the band's pop craftsmanship and glossiness. But it was an album was not without its drawbacks, with many songs sounding much like old hat. Luckily, it still held enough adventure to prove a hit. Write About Love, on the other hand, falls short in terms of a lack of progression and showcases very little creative ambition.

The album was written much quicker than previous efforts, after the band reconvened back in February this year. Perhaps the lack of time to experiment (not that Belle and Sebastian have ever been an "experimental" band) led to the finished product being so middle of the road. Many of the songs fit the tag 'easy listening', and a collaboration with Norah Jones on the song Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John proves as interesting as... well, any song featuring Norah Jones.

In continuing with the theme of a well trodden path, Stuart Murdoch even finds himself writing about subjects explored with greater panache on previous records. The title track, for example, includes a chorus that berates the mundane mindedness of a 9-5 existence: "I hate my job, I'm working way too much, everyday I'm stuck in an office." It's a topic that was explored with far more style and wit in the 2003 single Step Into My Office, Baby with its references to early nights, employee-boss sexual relationships and post-Thatcher Britain.

And that's what Write About Love really lacks. What made Belle and Sebastian stand-out indie favourites was their articulation and humour, something that is almost non-existent on this release. Instead Murdoch would rather write songs saturated with religious sentiment; The Ghost Of Rockschool, for example, opens with these lines: "I've seen God in the sun, I've seen God in the street, God before bed and the promise of sleep." The song continues with such mawkishness that it makes Sufjan Stevens look like the anti-Christ in comparison.

Yet there are moments of classic Belle and Sebastian to be found. Opener I Didn't See It Coming ranks alongside any of their best previous work. Sarah Martin takes lead vocals in a song that builds gently from two piano chords to a multi-instrumental ballad bemoaning a lack of money, yet embracing the simpler pleasures in life. I Want The World To Stop is probably the only song on the album which sounds like a diversion from the norm. A brass band, a retro keyboard imitating an organ, repetitive vocals and a dramatic string section are all ingredients which inject the album with some much needed life after the mildly amusing yet ultimately rather dreary Calculating Bimbo.

Write About Love is very much like a cup of tea round your nan's house; it's thoroughly pleasant and nice to do once in a while. But indulge in her wittering about the cheapest margarine for too long and it quickly gets tiresome; you feel yourself growing disinterested and in danger of nodding off. It's good to see Belle and Sebastian back, but let's hope their next album sees a positive progression as opposed to more of the same.

by Tom Jowett


The Scottish indie darlings are to release their first new album in four years,
Write About Love

Listen to the title track from Belle and Sebastian's new album, Belle and Sebastian Write About Love, below, and download it in exchange for your e-mail address. (Via Matador.) The song features some singing from Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan (An Education). This comes after the group played two other new tracks in a special webisode last week. "Write About Love" is also up for sale on iTunes today.

Mulligan isn't the only surprise guest on the album-- Norah Jones rasps on another song called "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John". Belle and Sebastian Write About Love is out October 11 the UK and October 12 in North America via Matador. The tracklist is after the jump,

Back after a 5-year hiatus doing solo projects, soundtracks and more, Glasgow's beloved Belle and Sebastian have returned with one of their finest albums. Marrying the intimacy of early works like Sinister and Tigermilk with the production values of their more recent work, "Write About Love" is a varied, captivating and occasionally disturbing trawl through the mind of Stuart Murdoch and his colleagues.The album features duets with Norah Jones and actress Carey Mulligan (An Education)

Belle and Sebastian
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1. I Didn’t See It Coming
2. Come on Sister
3. Calculating Bimbo
4. I Want the World to Stop
5. Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John [ft. Norah Jones]
6. Write About Love [ft. Carey Mulligan]
7. I’m Not Living in the Real World
8. Ghost of Rockschool
9. Read the Blessed Pages
10. I Can See Your Future
11. Sunday’s Pretty Icons

Your rating: 5


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Sunday, September 26, 2010

PortaStyle Guide...THE L.L. BEAN EFFECT!



by Wall Street Journal!


- Mix & Match -

The Wall Street Journal unveiled a new weekend lifestyle section today called Off Duty and the lead story was something about a heritage trend. Have any of you heard about this newfangled heritage phenomenon? Apparently all of these companies are giving the big luxury brands something to think about by just going back to their archives and re-releasing a bunch of dusty old stuff. Hmm, this seems like something I should explore further.

In all seriousness, Off Duty looks promising and is yet another signal (the Greater New York section being the first) of the Journal’s battle to overtake The Gray Lady. I’m just happy to see more good things happening in the print world. Especially since I subscribe to both papers. Off Duty is in this weekend’s edition, on newsstands today.
by Michael Williams


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Saturday, September 25, 2010

08 Special+live Series: A COSY SOUNDTRACK FOR WEEKEND+live Session 35


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{01} 'Fearless' | {02} 'Where i stood' | {03} 'Love Song'
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{04} 'Magic' | {05} 'Maybe' | {06} 'Say It Again'
+Live by Kate Voegele |+Live by Ingrid Michaelson |+Live by Marie Digby

{07} 'Good Looking Loser' | {08} 'Turn It Up' | {09} 'The Moon'
+Live by Meiko |+Live by Pixie Lott |+Live by Priscilla Ahn

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Denim Backpack

【White Mountaineering×PORTER】コラボアイテム!一番使用頻度の高いサイズのバックパック。10ozのシャンブレーデニムに強めの加工をかけることで独特の風合いで味わいのあるバックパックに仕上げました。素材:コットン100% 別布カウレザー サイズ:縦50cm 横31cm マチ13cm
I love the classic look of this WM X Porter backpack. It features a light denim chambray body and natural beige leather accents. Even though it's a White Mountaineering brand bag I see myself packing a towel and a bottle of wine and slinging this over my shoulder on the way to the beach. Retail is a little harsh at $300, but then again it is a Porter pack so it's not exactly surprising. More shots of this beautiful bag after the jump + a link to the product page.

White Mountaineering X Porter Denim Backpack
【White Mountaineering×PORTER】コラボアイテム!一番使用頻度の高いサイズのバックパック。10ozのシャンブレーデニムに強めの加工をかけることで独特の風合いで味わいのあるバックパックに仕上げました。素材:コットン100% 別布カウレザー サイズ:縦50cm 横31cm マチ13cm【White Mountaineering×PORTER】コラボアイテム!一番使用頻度の高いサイズのバックパック。10ozのシャンブレーデニムに強めの加工をかけることで独特の風合いで味わいのあるバックパックに仕上げました。素材:コットン100% 別布カウレザー サイズ:縦50cm 横31cm マチ13cm【White Mountaineering×PORTER】コラボアイテム!一番使用頻度の高いサイズのバックパック。10ozのシャンブレーデニムに強めの加工をかけることで独特の風合いで味わいのあるバックパックに仕上げました。素材:コットン100% 別布カウレザー サイズ:縦50cm 横31cm マチ13cm【White Mountaineering×PORTER】コラボアイテム!一番使用頻度の高いサイズのバックパック。10ozのシャンブレーデニムに強めの加工をかけることで独特の風合いで味わいのあるバックパックに仕上げました。素材:コットン100% 別布カウレザー サイズ:縦50cm 横31cm マチ13cm

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