Belle and Sebastian have released ‘This Letter’, the second single taken from their soundtrack, released September 13th on Matador Records, to forthcoming film Days of the Bagnold Summer, the directorial debut of Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner). The track was premiered by Shaun Keaveny on BBC 6 Music and is available to listen to HERE.
A beguiling, finger-plucked lullaby set to gentle bossa nova sway and punctuation of rain-drenched trumpet, before concluding on the thudding note, “though the world is fucked and swinging to the right / doesn’t get you out of what you have to do tonight”, ‘This Letter’ is a further display of the spellbinding and atmospheric song craft explored on Days Of The Bagnold Summer OST.
It follows BBC 6 Music playlisted single ‘Sister Buddha’, described by DIY as “an uplifting and charming track… which sits perfectly alongside the film’s coming-of-age story”.
Belle and Sebastian recently added another triumphant chapter to their storied history with The Boaty Weekender, a four-day music festival and Mediterranean cruise headlined and curated by the band, where they were joined by fellow artists Mogwai, Yo La Tengo, Camera Obscura, Teenage Fanclub, Buzzcocks, Nilufer Yanya, Japanese Breakfast and Hinds, among many others. The first European music cruise of its kind, it was described as “Glastonbury on the Med” by The Times, while The Guardian noted it as a “kaleidoscopic cavalcade of surreal loveliness”.