Signed to Jeepster Recordings in 1996, during their 18 year career Belle & Sebastian have released eleven albums. In advance of the release of their next record (due on Matador Records in 2015) Jeepster Recordings and Rough Trade Records will be collaborating on a vinyl reissue series of all eleven titles promoted under the banner 'It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career'. From the October 6th launch date of the series vinyl copies of the albums will, for the first time, include a download card with a code for a free digital copy of the entire album and all the LPs will be packaged in high quality pvc sleeves with an individual 'It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career' obi strip to highlight the campaign branding. 'If You're Feeling Sinister' was the band's first release on Jeepster.
The classic second album from 1997 on jeepster. if you buy one belle and sebastian album then this is it. led by stuart murdoch, belle and sebastian offer up a largely acoustic folk-pop sound with deep roots in the '60s. their guitar-and-piano arrangements are often filled out by luxurious trumpets and strings, but the clever, sardonic lyrics keep things from ever getting too mushy. the bright, irresistible pop melodies stand in sharp contrast to decidedly downbeat lyrics that recall morrissey at his sharpest. timeless, gorgeous and just cool enough to avoid a mainstream breakthrough. whimsy and preciousness is an integral part of 'if you're feeling sinister', along with clever wit and gentle, intricate arrangements - a wonderful blend of the smiths and simon and garfunkel, to be reductive.