While Belle and Sebastian is putting the finishing touches on a new album, Stuart Murdoch’s side-project, God Help The Girl, releases a new single. And damn, one thing you can say about Murdoch is that he has incredible taste in women. From the cover stars of all of the B&S releases to all of the singers he selected for God Help The Girl, the guy knows a thing or two about feminine beauty.
This new song features Linnea Jönsson, and its b-side (a new version of “A Down and Dusky Blonde”) features Dina Bankole. Not sure if/when they’ll be available in the States, but you download the digital package (including the video) for £1.
In order to promote the digital release of their new Stills EP, God Help The Girl is giving away the title track. No direct link to the MP3, but if you follow the “Download” link below and give them your email address and zip code, you’lll be given the option to download the song in variety of formats including 320kbps MP3, FLAC, and Apple Lossless.
Belle and Sebastian‘s Stuart Murdoch has been working on this project for years, and the album was excellent. Judging by this freebie, the EP will be on par. And I’ll be damned if Murdoch does not have the best taste in cover stars—where does he find those girls?
“This is not the usual five duffers that didn’t make the album,” says Stuart. “It just happens to be the tracks that Catherine, Celia and Alex sang that were less relevant to the film project, so I wanted to put them on a separate release and let the LP follow the curve of the proposed film.”
In related news, a new Belle and Sebastian record will “most likely” be released “during 2010,” and filming on the God Help The Girl movie “should get properly underway in 2011.”
“Mary’s Market” is the b-side to the “Funny Little Frog” single and features vocals by Murdoch. The a-side is a cover of the Belle and Sebastian song with vocals by Brittany Stallings. The 7″ is due July 20 in the UK.