TRACK REVIEW: The Party Line by Belle and Sebastian

_1414520403_coverAdored Scottish collective Belle and Sebastian has been around for nearly two decades now, and in that time they’ve gained a loyal following. Their last studio album was 2010’s charming Write About Love, and last year they released The Third Eye Centre, a compilation of b-sides and rarities following 2005’s Push Barman to Open Old Wounds. Their upcoming ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, will see the light of day in January 2015. Earlier this week they premiered the lead single from the record, titled The Party Line.

In their most recent shows, the band has played some tracks from the upcoming record, previewing some of what fans can expect to hear in the album. Lead single off Girls in Peacetime, titled The Party Line is a delightfully sensual mesh of disco and electronic elements which shows another exciting side of the band. Sonically, it bears similarities to Your Cover’s Blown from their Books EP in its vintage groove and flirtatious lyrics. Sarah Martin’s soft background vocals blend perfectly with Stuart Murdoch’s coy delivery.

595ed64bWhile Belle and Sebastian has surely played around with elements of electronic music before (Come On Sister, White Collar Boy), The Party Line fully endorses it, and also seems to infer that Girls in Peacetime will further indulge in that territory, further building anticipation for its release. Their last two records, Write About Love and The Life Pursuit were both produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Phoenix), which brought on some of the shinier and crisper sounds featured in the two. Girls in Peacetime, however, was produced by Ben H. Allen III, who has notably worked with acts such as Animal Collective, Bombay Bicycle Club, Washed Out, and Deerhunter.

The band’s current brief tour ends on Halloween, but they’ve announced several dates around the globe for 2015, including a few in the US (here are all the dates).

Check out Belle and Sebastian’s website for more information.

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