03 April 2009

The Boy With the Side Project

'After an internet-wide talent search, Belle and Sebastian leader Stuart Murdoch's long-in-the-works latest project-- a twee musical called God Help the Girl-- is finally coming to fruition. The soundtrack, featuring new Murdoch songs and a couple reworked B&S favorites, is due June 23 on Matador in North America (June 22 on Rough Trade in Europe). First single "Come Monday Night" is out May 11, but you can hear it right now on the God Help the Girl MySpace. Along with the work of a 45-piece orchestra conducted by Withnail & I composer Rick Wentworth, the upcoming album features vocals from Murdoch himself, his B&S cronies, Asya from Smoosh, online finds Brittany Stallings and Dina Bankole, and Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy. But it's Scottish newcomer Catherine Ireton who takes top billing-- she sings on 10 of the record's 14 tracks. So who is this overnight twee idol? Well, if she looks like she belongs on the cover of a Belle and Sebastian record, it's probably because she was already on the cover of a Belle and Sebastian record (2006 single "White Collar Boy"). She's also one half of acoustic pop duo the Go Away Birds, who currently have 1,017 plays on their MySpace at press time. Expect that number to rise. Based on the Go Away Birds tracks and the Ireton showcase "Come Monday Night", B&S stalwarts shouldn't have much trouble falling for her.' - Pitchfork


  1. awesome thank so much for this.

    over at The Pop Cap they also have another track from the album, the reworked "funny little frog"


  2. nice one Davie Boy, I hadn't spotted that