“Unnecessary Drama” by Belle and Sebastian is Dan’s DJ Pick of the Week! Belle and Sebastian is a indie pop band based in Glasgow, Scotland. The band was conceived in 1994 within a college program for unemployed musicians, where they recorded their earliest work. Following the warm reception of their debut album Tigermilk, Belle and Sebastian became a full-time act in 1996. The band’s discography includes ten studio albums, nine EPs, and over a dozen singles. Their musical style varies, and has been categorized as indie pop, folk rock, and chamber pop.
At it’s core, “Unnecessary Drama” seamlessly blends themes from pop, rock, and folk music into the band’s own version of chamber pop music. The song begins with the sudden drop-in by the instrumental track. At the forefront of the song is a piercing harmonica solo, which stands out among its fellow instruments. Meanwhile, the guitar and bass establish an underlying groove, and the drums keeps them on track. A keyboard occasionally chimes in, adding texture and fills where necessary. The lead vocals are smooth and unaltered, while the backup vocals are thinner and treated with digital effects.
Belle and Sebastian dropped “Unnecessary Drama” as a single in advance of their upcoming studio album, A Bit of Previous. The album will release May 6th, with both pre-orders and pre-saves available here. In addition, the band will be on tour in the United States this summer. Dates and tickets for this tour, which includes a show in Nashville, are available here. Until then, be sure to keep up to date with Belle and Sebastian through their social media, as well as their website. Also, feel free to check out the official music video for “Unnecessary Drama” below!
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