Sound: Wry, melancholic lyrics meander across lilting violin, wailing harmonica, and jaunty guitar riffs
If you like: T. Rex, The Shins, Yo La Tengo
Why you should listen: In their first full-length album in seven years, Belle and Sebastian do something new. The clever, cheeky lyricism is still there— evocative writing that’ll make you laugh and cry — but it’s joined by exciting new chaos-pop sounds and an ideology based around rebirth and empathy.
Best track: Young and Stupid