Belle & Sebastian: The Cat with the Cream

Spanning their nearly 20-year career with nine full-length albums to date, Scottish group Belle and Sebastian’s unique brand of literary indie pop has garnered a fan base that stretches across generations. “The Cat with the Cream”—the lead single off the band’s upcoming full-length Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance—sees frontman Stuart Murdoch in top-form. Seamlessly blending the deeply personal with political commentary, the heartfelt track calls to mind the band’s early releases of the late ’90s. While the album as a whole promises to be an upbeat, light-hearted affair worthy of its name, this lead single is a tender, string-laden throwback.