Album cover artwork for Belle and Sebastian with black vinyl record popping outOn their tenth album, Scottish indie-pop pioneers Belle and Sebastian continue to delight with their idiosyncratic sound and charming lyrics, qualities that have come to define the band for nearly three decades.

A Bit of Previous offers instant classics with Young and Stupid and Talk to Me Talk to Me, the latter pairing existentialist observations with dazzling synths. Elsewhere, the band’s introspection brings out a delicate melancholy, with the ballad Do It For Your Country sounding almost like a lost Velvet Underground song. Penultimate track Sea of Sorrow is the band at their most profound, the song encapsulating the finesse that makes this group so remarkable.

A Bit of Previous by Belle and Sebastian is out May 6 via Matador Records/Belle and Sebastian.

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