SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG (on a Wednesday) : #116 : GOD HELP THE GIRL

This post was held over from last week.

From wiki:-

God Help the Girl is a musical project by Stuart Murdoch, leader of the Scottish indie group Belle and Sebastian, featuring a group of female vocalists, including Catherine Ireton, with Belle and Sebastian as the accompanying band. The project has released a self-titled album, an EP and several singles. Central to the project is a musical film, featuring songs from the project’s recorded releases. The film was released in 2014.

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.

The records released within the project include so far three singles, one EP (Stills) and the album God Help the Girl

To be honest, I found it all a bit much to take. Catherine Ireton has a pleasant voice but the music just didn’t do it for me. This was the first of the singles:-

mp3 : God Help The Girl – Come Monday Night

JC

13 thoughts on “SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG (on a Wednesday) : #116 : GOD HELP THE GIRL

  1. Completely agree. It was all just a bit too saccharine for my tastes. And the film it soundtracked (that Stuart M directed) was a disappointing load of pants too.

  2. Never ‘got’ Belle & Sebastian – still don’t. I don’t see the point in putting together a side project that is, in essence, Belle & Sebastian with guest female singers. Not the best track in this series, it has to be said…

  3. I don’t get it. You’ve just cut and pasted a copy of a Wikipedia bio of a band and single you don’t like. What’s the earthly point? Am I missing something here?

  4. Remember the film , it just seemed to separately want to be a modern Gregory’s Girl. I spent the whole thing wondering if anything was going to happen and trying to imagine the songs with SM singing

  5. Hi John

    What I’m doing is going through my vinyl/CD/digital collection and, in alphabetical order, featuring a singer or band from Scotland. It’s always a cut n paste job for the most part as it gives me a day off from having to think about things, but I usually throw in a line at the end with my own take on things.

    I bought the CD at the time of release as I am a fan of B&S (and indeed have prepared an ICA for future publication) but this album just bored me.

    If you look back, you’ll see these postings have always been on Saturdays but have been temporarily shifted to midweek to accommodate the ICA World Cup.

    The series will run for many more hundreds of weeks, culminating, in all likelihood, with Zoey Van Goey!!!

  6. Actually, I love this song. The accompanying video is quit cute as well. I think “cute” sums up a lot of Stuart’s work….

  7. Ach, I like this song, and the film too. I like
    (500) Days of Summer as well, even if no
    one else seems to. Thanks for this post, JC.

  8. The soundtrack to the film is the only thing I like from B&S. It’s a double album, and would have been a spectacular single album.

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