Belle & Sebastian
I never really pictured Glasgow, Scotland as a bright, sunny place, but Belle & Sebastian's latest album has me re-evaluating my theories (that's where the seven members of the group are currently from). Something about the swooping background string section and cheery trumpet makes me think of some pleasant retro breeze from the 60s or 70s. On the whole, I think 'fold your hands, child you walk like a peasant' is almost a perfect soundtrack to summertime - and for that matter, it's the kind of thing that would keep you warm in the wintertime, too. In my opinion, this may be their finest album (if pressed, I would have to say that 'If you're feeling sinister' is probably a tie for first). Aside from being well-known for their sunny pop sensibilities, the band are perhaps better known for rarely touring (although lately they've been out and about a lot). So if they stop by your town, you'd best go say hello - it might be your only chance.
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