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Tuesday, April 21, A.D. 2009
God Help the Girl

Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian has been working on a musical story named God Help the Girl. You can learn more about the project here, and you may wish to watch the following short clip:

As a side note, I believe that Alex Klobouk, appearing around 4:58, is the same girl from “Wrapped Up in Books” and from The Life Pursuit.

The soundtrack will be released in June, but you can currently get a free mp3 recording of “Come Monday Night” by signing up on the site’s mailing list. I have listened to the song dozens of times. Like almost all of Murdoch’s work, I instantly liked it. Moreover, I think that Catherine Ireton’s voice is incredibly sexy; I generally fall easily for Celtic songstresses. Ireton’s manner of singing has a delightful 1940’s quality to it—simultaneously simple, modest, and seductive.

With his new project and in his work with Belle & Sebastian, Murdoch has a peculiar appreciation of the female voice. From Isobel Campbell to the ladies in God Help the Girl, the female parts are markedly feminine. They are not operatic, and they do not perform vocal gymnastics. They appear recognizably ordinary—though transfigured into something elevated and beautiful.

As I wrote in a previous post, one of my favorite things about Belle & Sebastian is their ability to focus on the mundane without shame or irony and therein to see something of interest. More than anything else, it is this feature of Murdoch’s creativity that betrays his spiritual tendencies. For we are to see the divine in all things, from mud in Plato’s Parmenides to everyday pleasures in C.S. Lewis’ Letters to Malcolm.

Anyway, consider downloading “Come Monday Night” and enjoy.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, April 21, Anno Domini 2009
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