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Belle and Sebastian Politely Protest on the Mournful ‘Cat With the Cream’

It's the latest from their forthcoming 'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance'

A few weeks shy of their new album release, Belle and Sebastian have released a contemplative new track, “Cat With the Cream.” Substantially slower than their last two singles — the sprightly “Party Line” and wryly energetic “Nobody’s Empire” — the group’s new one plods along with somber straining strings and heartbeat-like bass drum thumps.

There’s a political lean to this cut as well; Stuart Murdoch quietly bemoans the “men in front of Parliament,” and more ire spills out when he points out how “everybody bet on the boom and got busted.” True, it may not spin the disco ball or toe “the party line,” but “Cat” is classic pensive B&S. Dip your paws in via Line of Best Fit, look out for Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance when it hits shelves on January 19, or pre-order your copy here.