Review: Belle and Sebastian – Third Eye Center
Belle and Sebastian – Third Eye Center (Rough Trade / Matador, 2013)
Belle and Sebastian are back (sort of) with a collection of b-sides and remixes which span the last several years, and include sessions from Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003), The Life Pursuit (2006) and Write About Love (2011).
If you’re paying close attention (like I am) you’ll notice that the disappointingly long wait between B&S records appears to be growing even longer; its been a couple of years since we last heard new material from the group, and although there is some satisfaction in the release of this slightly odd collection, it in no way makes up for the real thing (not that that will stop me from buying this thing the instant it comes out).
The tracks range from nearly-classic Belle and Sebastian to sort of “fans only” material. Album highlights include the excellent new remix of “Your Covers Blown” by Miaox Miaox, “Your Secrets” and “Stop, Look, And Listen”, any three of which could easily have been relegated to non b-side status.