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Belle And Sebastian Announce Imminent Release Of New Album 'Late Developers'

Monday, 09 January 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Anna Crolla

Belle And Sebastian have announced a new album.

'Late Developers' is scheduled to arrive through Matador Records this Friday (January 13) and will feature the first single, I Don't Know What You See In Me.

The thumping, upbeat track is more pop-orientated than their jangly guitar-driven predecessors, and finds the Scottish group teaming up with composer Peter Ferguson for their first co-write. Offering bright, '80s-influenced synths, it comes with a music video directed by Andrew Litten. Head here to check it out.

Belle And Sebastian's last full-length was 2022's 'A Bit Of Previous', their first studio album since 2015's 'Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance'. Revealing the news online, they said:

"Surprise! Our new record 'Late Developers' comes out THIS FRIDAY, January 13th on Matador Records. We recorded the album in Glasgow during the same sessions as 'A Bit Of Previous' and we are excited to finally share this new collection of songs!"

Commenting on the single, frontman Stuart Murdoch added: "I was bicycling across Scotland last summer, listening to a mix of this song. It was written and produced for us by our friend Pete ‘Wuh Oh’ Ferguson. As I listened to it, I felt lucky to be the first person to get to sing this song. I let my voice swoop and soar in ways that it maybe hasn’t before. And as I continued through fields of gold and green I allowed myself to forget it was Belle And Sebastian, and pretend it was the latest hit on some random radio station. All music is escape, and perhaps we managed to escape a little further than usual with this unexpected tune. Thanks Pete!"

The band will hit the road for a rescheduled European tour this week, followed by a spring North American trek, and UK and Ireland dates in the summer. Tickets are on sale now.

'Late Developers' tracklist:

1. Juliet Naked 
2. Give A Little Time 
3. When We Were Very Young 
4. Will I Tell You A Secret 
5. So In The Moment 
6. The Evening Star 
7. When You’re Not With Me 
8. I Don’t Know What You See In Me 
9. Do You Follow 
10. When The Cynics Stare Back From The Wall 
11. Late Developers 

Belle and Sebastian Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue January 10 2023 - PARIS Casino de Paris (France)
Wed January 11 2023 - UTRECHT Tivoli Grote Zaal (Netherlands)
Sat January 14 2023 - HAMBURG Laeiszhalle (Germany)
Mon January 16 2023 - GOTHENBURG Tradgarn (Sweden)
Tue January 17 2023 - STOCKHOLM Filadelfia (Sweden)
Wed January 18 2023 - OSLO Sentrum Scene (Norway)
Thu January 19 2023 - COPENHAGEN Vega (Denmark)
Sat January 21 2023 - BERLIN Tempodrom (Germany)
Sun January 22 2023 - MUNICH Tonhalle (Germany)
Mon January 23 2023 - ZURICH XTra (Switzerland)
Wed January 25 2023 - CLERMONT FERRAND Cooperative De Mai (France)
Thu January 26 2023 - MILAN Fabrique (Italy)

Fri April 28 2023 - MILWAUKEE Wisconsin - Turner Hall Ballroom (USA)
Sat April 29 2023 - DETROIT Michigan - Majestic Theatre - MI (USA)
Sun April 30 2023 - COLUMBUS Ohio - Columbus Athenaeum (USA)
Tue May 02 2023 - TORONTO Ontario - History - Toronto (Canada)
Wed May 03 2023 - OTTAWA Ontario - Bronson Centre Theatre (Canada)
Thu May 04 2023 - SOUTH BURLINGTON Vermont - Higher Ground (USA)
Fri May 05 2023 - ITHACA New York - Ithaca State Theatre (USA)
Sat May 06 2023 - NEW HAVEN Connecticut - College Street Music Hall (USA)
Mon May 08 2023 - HUDSON New York - Basilica Hudson (USA)
Tue May 09 2023 - JERSEY CITY New Jersey - White Eagle Hall (USA)
Wed May 10 2023 - RICHMOND Virginia - National - VA (USA)
Fri May 12 2023 - ATLANTA Georgia - Eastern - GA (USA)
Sat May 13 2023 - SAINT AUGUSTINE Florida - St. Augustine Amphitheatre - Backyard Stage (USA)
Sun May 14 2023 - FORT LAUDERDALE Florida - Culture Room (USA)
Mon May 15 2023 - ST PETERSBURG Florida - Jannus Live (USA)
Wed May 17 2023 - BIRMINGHAM AL Alabama - Saturn - Birmingham (USA)
Thu May 18 2023 - ST LOUIS Missouri - Pageant (USA)
Fri May 19 2023 - KALAMAZOO Michigan - Bell's Back Room (USA)

Sun July 02 2023 - DUBLIN 3Olympia Theatre
Mon July 03 2023 - BELFAST Limelight
Wed July 05 2023 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Newcastle City Hall
Thu July 06 2023 - HULL Asylum, Hull University
Sat July 08 2023 - LIVERPOOL Eventim Olympia - Liverpool
Sun July 09 2023 - EDINBURGH Usher Hall
Mon July 10 2023 - ABERDEEN Beach Ballroom
Wed July 12 2023 - SHEFFIELD O2 Academy Sheffield
Thu July 13 2023 - OXFORD O2 Academy 2 Oxford
Fri July 14 2023 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Sat July 15 2023 - CARDIFF Cardiff University Students Union
Mon July 17 2023 - LONDON Roundhouse
Tue July 18 2023 - LONDON Roundhouse
Wed July 19 2023 - BRIGHTON Brighton Dome
Fri July 21 2023 - MANCHESTER Manchester Academy 1
Sat July 22 2023 - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange Cambridge

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