My first language is French, so the first time I heard that a Scottish indie band took the name Belle and Sebastian, and that it came from an “obscure” French childrens’ book/anime, I was amused because I knew that TV show well (it’s a cute story about a friendship between a boy and his dog).
I was looking through my best friend’s CD collection one day and I saw several Belle and Sebastian albums. I was intrigued, started to listen to “If You’re Feeling Sinister” and it was a revelation. While those dreadful boy bands and girl bands were dominating the scene in the late 90’s, there were still bands like this popping up? Must… have… more. So I bought their two other CDs from the 90’s period, “Tigermilk” and “The Boy With the Arab Strap” – both awesome.
But there’s something special about “If You’re Feeling Sinister”. The CD is wonderful to listen to from beginning to end, it really creates an atmosphere. Lots of smooth guitar playing, and the moments when other instruments appear out of nowhere really add to the songs, like the trumpet in the middle of “The Star of Track and Field”. I love the piano in “Seeing Other People”. “Like Dylan in the Movies” is addictive. I could go on and on.
Another great winter album! This warm and soothing musical experience is perfect for curling up on the sofa with a book and a glass of wine, but it fits just as well for an evening with a few friends, or a simple walk in the snow. Yes, I restrained myself from putting links to the whole album, so enjoy a few tunes!