Belle & Sebastian have never shied from outre influences.
The band's material is dotted with references to French Ye Ye pop, easy listening and other guilty pleasures. But Eurovision? That could be a step too far...
The Glasgow group have returned to the studio, with Stuart Murdoch filling Rolling Stone in on the details. "We’ve been writing in Glasgow" he said. "I hope it will be out by autumn. If not, we will have failed."
"One of the things I wanted to explore – this might seem a bit facetious, but we have this thing called a Eurovision Song Contest. For example, Abba won in 1974, and that’s how they got their big break. And that was really the last great song from Eurovision."
Perhaps a debatable point, but Murdoch then goes on to expand his argument. "Since then it’s been kind of a train wreck, but it gives you a window into every little country, and it’s the only time that Europe gets together for this big party, and now, especially now, we have all the Russian block, eastern block countries, it’s all shifted to the East. So in a sense, I remember saying to the band, I want to do an album that one song feels like it could be the Cyprus entry for 1974. And then next song would be the German entry for 1989, or something like that. You might not see that in the finished songs, but somewhere that’s been an inspiration." (via FACT)
So: Autumn, then. Check out the video for 'I Want The World Back' below.