Night Music: Belle and Sebastian, “Judy and the Dream of Horses”

I’ve never seen them play, though I did see former backup Isobel Campbell do a show with Eugene Kelly, former Vaseline, at a small club six or seven years ago. Not like Belle and Sebastian, however, which really doesn’t sound like any other band before or since. I think it’s the way the music can be tiny or big or anywhere inbetween, depending on the mood and focus of the song. In this one more and more sounds and instruments are added as it goes along, until it’s quite rousing finale. Always good words, usually declarative, even if the context isn’t immediately clear, and always sounding evocative and rich. I’d like to see them someday.

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