Am I Deaf Yet #3

February 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

The much loved Scottish pop group seemed to have come into prominence as if out of nowhere, but if you look at the history of Scottish music, Belle and Sebastian owe much of their sound to fellow Scots, The Vaselines, BMX Bandits and The Pastels. Nevertheless, my favourite Belle and Sebastian song is the very first song I ever heard by them off the 1996 debut, Tigermilk; it’s “The State I Am In”. While they certainly have made other songs since that are excellent, this one couples such strange storytelling with a delightful chamber pop build up. Stuart Murdoch’s delicate tenor is clear and vibrant, while he doesn’t have the strongest voice and sometimes I feel it takes away the potential of some of their songs, in the case of “The State I Am In” it only does well to accent it.

Check out this awesome live rendition.


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