Belle and Sebastian Belle and Sebastian Write about Love
Releasing: 12 October
It was only a few months ago that Belle and Sebastian were recording a new album in Los Angeles and Tweeting about Trader Joes indulgences. Stuart Murdoch and co. must’ve found a lot of inspiration in those knock-off gourmet treats, since they’ve just announced that their first full-length in four years, Belle and Sebastian Write about Love, is slated for release on October 12 via Matador. Posting two different duotone album covers and a slick video that gives only a brief glimpse of a new song, “I Want the World to Stop”, the Belles, despite the layoff, remain ever the teases.
!!!‘s new platter, Strange Weather, Isn’t It? releases next week. Look for the PopMatters review early next week. In the meantime, you can get a preview of the album via an early stream on public radio powerhouse KCRW. Video and tour dates are after the jump.
Robyn Hitchcock has formed a “psyche ‘n’ western” outfit called the Hungry Moment. Abigail Washburn is banjo while Rayna Gellerd handles fiddle duties. Their single is available for free download THIS WEEK ONLY from Hitchcock’s website. So get it while the getting’s… uh… possible.
Highlighting yet another facet of the vocal versatility she exhibited on Crayons (2008), Donna Summer delivers a late-summer dance floor delight with her valentine to “The City of Light”. Penned with her longtime collaborator Bruce Roberts, “To Paris With Love” instantly conjures the glamourous aesthetic and catwalk rhythm of the world’s fashion capital. Peter Stengaard, who also produced Summer’s last one-off single “I Got Your Love” in 2005, is the mastermind behind the track’s infectious groove and dreamy ambiance.
Of the numerous vocal styles in her considerably colorful palette, Donna Summer paints the song with her falsetto. Her voice floats above Stengaard’s beats like a warm breeze at sunset. “Been around the world,” she intones before chanting “Lous, Louis, Louis Vuitton” as a coy nod to the legendary fashion house and paragon of Parisian panache. Lyrically, “To Paris With Love” emphasizes the city’s renown for romance, a veritable post card that promises finding love in a café or along the Seine. “You’ll fall in love when you make Paris your home”, she whispers before a high-pitched organ suggests the suspense of two sets of eyes meeting for the first time.
As the season of Kylie, Katy, and Kelis dims on the dance floor, Donna Summer’s game-changing return to the clubs is a welcome cocktail of class, style, and sophistication. Between the stratospheric orientation of Summer’s voice and the fluid pound-and-pulse of Stengaard’s production, “To Paris With Love” is one of the definitive gems of 2010, n’est-ce pas?
The single is currently available on iTunes via www.donnasummer.com. Donna Summer also embarked on a 10-city tour on 16 August that continues through 4 September.
Elvis Aaron Presley died on August 16, 1977. Millions mourned his passing. Millions still miss him. In 1987, Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper put out a song to help everyone remember that Elvis is everywhere. Watching the music video is a good way to mark this 33rd anniversary of the passing of the King. After all, “we are all moving in perfect peace and harmony towards Elvisness.”