Our man Murdoch is still kickin'...musically speaking. It's a nice little thought, isn't it? Three years removed from Belle and Sebastian's last record, The Life Pursuit
, Stuart Murdoch
is preparing to unveil a new project, dubbed God Help the Girl
. Describing the musical project as "a beautifully and diligently crafted narrative that deserves to be listened to over time", Murdoch advices listeners to digest "each place, character and voice...before moving on to the next." One place to start? This lovely video for "Come Monday Night". We're not 100% sure who these folks are, but "Come Monday Night" is one precious piece of pop that ought to please long time fans of Mr. Murdoch's work.
God Help the Girl is a musical project authored by Stuart Murdoch, the leader of the Scottish indie pop group Belle and Sebastian, featuring, besides Belle and Sebastian as the accompanying band, a group of female vocalists, including Catherine Ireton. The records released as part of the project include so far: the singles Come Monday Night, Funny Little Frog (2009) and Baby, Youre Blind (2010), the main album of the project, also entitled God Help the Girl, and the EP Stills (both published in 2009). In 2011, Stuart Murdoch plans to start shooting a musical film, which will feature the songs published in the singles and albums.
The songs of the project God Help the Girl belong to the genre of indie pop and resemble the other output of Belle and Sebastian in tone two songs (Funny Little Frog and Act of the Apostle) were taken directly from the earlier repertory of this group. However, contrary to the earlier work of Belle and Sebastian a group dominated by male performers, female vocalists (who are not members of the group) play the main role in the project. The songs themselves also tell about the problems of young girls entering adult life.