Stuart Murdoch has previously said the LP will be inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest
Belle & Sebastian have confirmed recording sessions for their new album have begun.
The indie band have been working in an Atlanta studio with producer Ben H Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective) on what will be their ninth LP and the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Belle And Sebastian Write About Love’. Earlier this year, Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch said that the band’s new album would be inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest.
Speaking to Rolling Stone he commented: “We’ve been writing in Glasgow… One of the things I wanted to explore – this might seem a bit facetious, but we have this thing called a Eurovision Song Contest. For example, ABBA won in 1974, and that’s how they got their big break. And that was really the last great song from Eurovision. Since then it’s been kind of a train wreck, but it gives you a window into every little country, and it’s the only time that Europe gets together for this big party, and now, especially now, we have all the Russian block, eastern bloc countries, it’s all shifted to the East.”
Discussing how it would work as a Belle & Sebastian album, Murdoch continued: “I remember saying to the band, I want to do an album that one song feels like it could be the Cyprus entry for 1974. And then next song would be the German entry for 1989, or something like that. You might not see that in the finished songs, but somewhere that’s been an inspiration.”