BELLE AND SEBASTIAN
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.