Belle and Sebastian – ‘We Were Beautiful’ [Matador]

New Belle and Sebastian single ‘We Were Beautiful’ conducts a tranquil essence, conveying sparse synths and a 90s air – provoking an indispensable nostalgia.

Commencing with a D&B loop, swamp bass line and a stock-sounding synth that genuinely flatters the punctual vocal, majestically embracing the motion.


The satisfying pedal-steel effect adds some class to the already unblemished track – the chorus picks-up nicely, adding brass and guitar amongst other instrumentation, developing into a powerful and extremely catchy, future crowd pleaser.

The track falls back down for the second verse to allow distance and space – the lyrical content on the break after the second chorus appears a little tacky and out-of-touch, however when the last chorus hits, you remember why you were still listening.

‘We Were Beautiful’ channels a humble and credible flow, moving piece by piece with style and grace.

Words: John Houston


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