Indie darling Belle and Sebastian return with a buzzing new single “Unnecessary Drama.” The Glasgow group have been churning out twee-pop-leaning albums since the mid 1990s, maintaining fairly positive reception from critics and fans all the while. The new track prefaces their 10th studio album A Bit of Previous. The full album will release May 6 on Matador Records, followed by a tour in the United States and parts of Europe.
Belle and Sebastian’s first studio release since 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, is a poppy and exciting one. The playful bass-line grows in resonance with the song as a whole, reminiscent of some of their peers and influences in indie pop like Alvvays and The New Pornographers. One consistency throughout the bands career is the full sound achieved by all ten of its members. The catchy tune gives way to a wailing instrumental dismount. This makes the song’s 4:16 runtime complex, compelling, and palatable. The impassive lyrics “This is my life, this is my so called life,” strike a chord with listeners that may feel stuck in a mundane rut, no matter what phase of life they find themselves in. The colorful delivery of this relatable feeling is perfect for enjoying on the warm spring and summer days ahead.