Belle and Sebastian
The Blues Are Still Blue
Belle and Sebastian release 'The Blues Are Still Blue' from their brilliant Top 10 album 'The Life Pursuit', follow-up to the Top 15 'Funny Little Frog', their biggest single to date. Recorded with Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air) over in Los Angeles, B&S' new album has received a rapturous response from the UK press, drawing some of the highest acclaim of the band's career. Following a sold-out 17-date headline tour of the UK, including a night at London's Hammersmith Apollo, B&S now head off on an extensive tour of the States.
'The Blues Are Still Blue' sounds like a great pop record that never was from, oooh, 1973; a little bit T-Rex, a little bit Bowie, maybe even a little bit Cockney Rebel, but actually not quite like any of the above. There's an easy clubbable kind of beat that rolls along with a swaggering insouciance, while Stuart Murdoch adopts an atypically sexy purr to deliver a neat pop meditation on doing your laundry, and how getting your whites and coloureds mixed up is a little like the muddle created when boys and girls get together. The only thing, it seems, you can effectively rely upon is that the blues will resolutely remain the blues.
Along the way, over its four brief minutes, we meet a suitably Murdochian cast of outsider hipsters, feisty girls, morally questing teens and can't-be-bothered cleversticks. All of whom come together to make 'the Blues Are Still Blue' a classic Belle And Sebastian single, pegged around their biggest and catchiest chorus this side of the Millennium.