I haven't been keeping tabs on my favorite bands' websites lately, nor their labels, so getting this email from Rough Trade last week was a nice surprise. This may be old news to some of you, but to those who haven't seen this yet - the cool video posted above, is a video introducing a new project by Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, called God Help the Girl. This new album, according to Rough Trade, is a story set to music, which Murdoch has been working on intermittently for the last five years - his first new music since Belle and Sebastian's seventh album.
The video shows Stuart talking about the project with a sort of behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album. Here, Belle and Sebastian serves as the backing band for the female lead singers, all of which Stuart held auditions for via a call in the classifieds: 'Girl Singer needed...Celine Dion wannabes save your breath. Ballpark, Ronettes, Friend and Lover.'
As a little sneak peek here's the single from the upcoming album called 'Come Monday Night'
Come Monday Night
'Come Monday Night' also features an orchestra conducted by Rick Wentworth as well as Stuart, Stevie, Bob and Richard from Belle and Sebastian. The single will be released May 11th with the b-side sublimely entitled 'Howard Jones Is My Mozart.' Christmas comes early this year (for me the at is!) with the full album slated to be released June 22nd. Just hearing the samples from the video as well as the gorgeous single, I definitely won't be able to wait until the album comes out.
You can also head on to the God Help the Girl website, to check out the latest news on its release: www.godhelpthegirl.com.