‘Belle and Sebastian Write About Love’- album details, pre-order and mp3

We are now less than 5 weeks away from the release of ‘Belle and Sebastian Write About Love’ – so no matter how much we’d like the album to be a huge Christmas Day style surprise for everyone on the day of release, the details will start appearing on your favourite online retailers soon and no doubt bits of the music will be permeating various media outlets.

So – first off here is the lead track – “Write About Love” – for everyone to listen to (or, if you are one of the first 20,000 visitors, to download). We sent it off to our Twitter follower @recordingtime yesterday – and she posted about it here

We hope you like it! Along with the rest of the album, it was recorded in Los Angeles earlier this year and produced by Tony Hoffer. It also features a guest vocal by Carey Mulligan. For those in the USA, the song is available on iTunes from today – if you are elsewhere, it won’t be released officially until after the album – 25th October in the UK.

If that is confusing, then things are a little more straightforward with the album! It comes out on the 12th October in the USA and Canada and the day before in the UK and most of the rest of the world -we’ll post any variations on these release dates nearer the time.

It is, of course, our third album for Rough Trade and was recorded in April and May at Sound Factory Studio B. Stuart wrote the majority of the songs and one (“Sunday’s Pretty Icons”) with Mick; Sarah wrote and takes lead vocal on “I Didn’t See It Coming” and “I Can See Your Future”; Stevie wrote and sings “I’m Not Living In The Real World”. The are also some guests – as well as the aforementioned Carey Mulligan, Norah Jones duets with Stuart on “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John” and some orchestration is added by members of LA’s The Section Quartet.

pre order CD/LP via the Matador Store

The album will be available on CD, Gatefold Vinyl and digitally. The full track listing is:

I Didn’t See It Coming
Come On Sister
Calculating Bimbo
I Want The World To Stop
Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John
Write About Love
I’m Not Living In The Real World
Ghost of Rockschool
Read The Blessed Pages
I Can See Your Future
Sunday’s Pretty Icons

In addition, two bonus tracks, “Last Trip” and “Suicide Girl”, will be available as a 7 inch with the vinyl edition in most countries, and with all editions from selected retailers in the USA [including the Matador Store. Pre-order now.] A further song, “Blue Eyes of A Millionaire”, will be a bonus track with selected digital outlets. Full localised details of variations and pre-sales will all be added in due course.

Belle and Sebastian : ‘Write About Love’ TV Episode One, New Single, Twitter Contest


Today (3rd Sep) sees the launch of the first in a series of televisual transmissions of varying sizes and shapes from us to mark the impending release of our album, Belle and Sebastian Write About Love.

Available to view on the widget below, the first episode is a fully realised, half-hour mix of music, chat and revealing (and not so revealing) insights filmed in Glasgow over the last few weeks.

Presented by Dougie Anderson and produced by Forest of Black, it features  performances of two of the songs from the album: “I Want The World To Stop” and  “I Didn’t See It Coming”

As well as the performances, the show offers the chance to see us as both questioners (Stuart and Chris discuss DIY strategies with various Glasgow bands) and questioned (by fans in the studio). It sees us faced with the harsh realities of the changes in the music business since we last made a record but grappling with solutions and offering some insight into the processes involved in making the record.

In addition, the soundtrack also includes a mixture of snippets of B&S music (some previously heard, some not) set against a backdrop of Glasgow in it’s full autumnal glory. Other visuals come in the form of some of the photographs and videos submitted by you as part of the Write About Love competition.

Twitter / Write About Love

Aside from the songs in the TV show, we are releasing “Write About Love” as lead track /single.

It will initially be officially available from our website from the 7th of September for a very limited period to download – but we want to let one of our twitter followers have the track  for themselves – ahead of it being more widely available on iTunes and the like. It’s official digital release date in the USA is 7th September (iTunes Only) and in the UK not until the 25th October.

We will mail an mp3 of the song to a randomly selected follower on Monday (6th) and they will be the only person outside the band and those closest to them to hear/ own a digital copy of the song for 24 hours. It will be the winner’s choice what to do with it ahead of release. They can keep it to themselves in the knowledge that no-one else has it; share it with their friends; hold a listening party at their home or they could let the world either hear it or hear all about it online (and see if we get upset in the process!) – the choice is entirely theirs. . . .

To put yourself in the frame to receive your own copy of “Write About Love” on Monday, here’s what you have to do:

If you haven’t already done so, sign up to follow us on twitter @bellesglasgow and then post one 140 character message using the hashtag #writeaboutlove. The content of the message is entirely up to you: it could be to share the TV show with your followers, or be more generally about the band or the album – it is up to you.

As well as mailing the track to the winner immediately, the winner will also receive a finished copy of the album on vinyl and CD before its release and some other assorted B&S goodness delivered to their home.