Scottish pop outfit Belle & Sebastian is parting ways with its longtime labels, Jeepster internationally and Matador in the U.S., and has inked a four-album worldwide deal with a newly established

Scottish pop outfit Belle & Sebastian is parting ways with its longtime labels, Jeepster internationally and Matador in the U.S., and has inked a four-album worldwide deal with a newly established U.S. offshort of U.K. indie Rough Trade, according to the band's official Web site.

"Thank you very much to all the support Jeepster and Matador have given us over the years," reads the site's statement. Frontman Stuart Murdoch goes on to say that the group will be one of the first artists on the new Rough Trade America. Executives at the London-based Rough Trade were unavailable for comment on the new venture at deadline.

Murdoch added that the group, which last month released the soundtrack to Todd Solondz's film "Storytelling," is starting to write songs for a new album, which it will be working on between summer concert engagements. "Storytelling" debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 12 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums tally.

As previously reported, Belle & Sebastian recently performed at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival and will continue to make the rounds on the summer festival circuit.

Here are Belle & Sebastian's tour dates:

Aug. 1: Odemira, Portugal (Sudoeste Festival)
Aug. 3: Valencia, Spain (Benicassim Festival)
Aug. 10: Haldern, Germany (Haldern Festival)
Sept. 13: Athens (Athens Melina Merkouri Amphitheatre)

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