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If You’re Feel­ing Sin­is­ter (JEEP­STER, 1996)

Belle and Se­bas­tian ini­tially be­lieved that their sopho­more al­bum failed to live up to Tiger­milk, but 22 years later, it stands as their mas­ter­piece. Th­ese sweet and lust­ful loner an­thems are rid­dled with book­ish in­tro­verts and sex­ual awak­en­ings, mak­ing Sin­is­ter feel like a warm em­brace for mis­fits ev­ery­where.

Push Bar­man to Open Old Wounds (JEEP­STER, 2005)

In the band’s wildly pro­duc­tive early years, Mur­doch was churn­ing out golden melodies at an in­cred­i­ble rate, and this 25-track com­pi­la­tion of EPs and sin­gles doc­u­ments their growth from ten­ta­tive twee trail­blaz­ers to ad­ven­tur­ous in­die pop pros.

The Life Pur­suit (ROUGH TRADE/MATA­DOR, 2006) Belle and Se­bas­tian’s ca­reer can be di­vided neatly in two: there’s the early sen­si­tive whimsy and more re­cent glossier AM sounds. The Life Pur­suit is the best ex­am­ple of the lat­ter, as it’s burst­ing with giddy soul-pop, sun-kissed funk and boo­gie-fied glam.

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