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Belle And Sebastian Tackle Human Problems

Friday 22 June 2018


From US news service NBC 7 San Diego's Sound Diego:


Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian Tackle Human Problems

Belle and Sebastian's Stevie Jackson talks band longevity, Stuart Murdoch's illness, and remaining Zen

By Rutger Rosenborg
June 20, 2018
© 2018 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

Belle and Sebastian are one of the most celebrated chamber-pop bands of the last 20 years, and despite fluctuating trends and industry developments, the Stuart Murdoch-led septet has managed to stay commercially relevant (however modest that may be for a successful indie-rock band) and critically appreciated.


"I don’t even think in those terms anymore," Stevie Jackson, who has been the group's guitarist and occasional songwriter following the release of "Tigermilk" in 1996, told me over the phone last week.


Earlier this year, the band released a three-part EP series called "How to Solve Our Human Problems," which sees them returning (here I go "working that stuff out") to themselves in a major way. Disco synths flit in and out over '60s melodicism, playful theatricality and feathery grooves -- there's a calm and collectedness about it that might owe something to Murdoch's turn toward Buddhism as a means of respite from his Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

"Since he [Murdoch] did come out and has been more public, I’ve learned a lot more myself. There’s certain things in the last 20 years that now make perfect sense to me that I didn’t understand at the time. He has to be alone a lot; he always has to be separate in a way. He’s always just navigating and just getting his energy.... But it works fine; Stuart just takes care of himself, and we back him up," Jackson said.


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