On Monday (July 1), Belle and Sebastian announced the 13-track soundtrack to the film Days of the Bagnold Summer, the directorial debut of Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner). The album, due out on Sept. 13 on Matador Records, will feature 11 new compositions, as well as re-recorded versions of their classic tracks “Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying” and “I Know Where the Summer Goes.”
The film, due out in 2002, is described in a press release as a “tender, touching and acutely observed coming-of-age story, which tells of a heavy-metal-loving teenager’s holiday plans falling through at the last minute, leading to him having to spend the summer with the person who annoys him most in the world: his mum.” The album will follow the Glaswegian collective’s recent run of three How to Solve Our Human Problems EPs.
The first single from the soundtrack, “Sister Buddha,” is an “anthemic and transcendent song is led by shards of melodic guitar and Stuart Murdoch’s compassionate lyrics and soaring vocals, telling of a protagonist in search of an escape from ‘the thrills, the pills, the circus ring’ of daily life, brimming with a message of inner strength and solidarity,” according to the statement.
Murdoch says he didn’t know the Joff Winterhart graphic novel on which the film is based before being approached to record the soundtrack. “But its style and its atmosphere set me off straight away. I read it on a Friday, and by Monday I pretty much had all my ideas lined up. What was great was that Simon hadn’t shot anything then,” he says. “You want to get in early, because that way you can start having late night conversations with the director about The Graduate, or whatever. We all have fantasies about those great movies of the Sixties and the Seventies. If you going to get involved with a project like this, you want to do it right.”
Check out the tracklist for the Bagnold soundtrack and watch the “Sister Buddha” video below.
“Sister Buddha (Intro)”
“I Know Where The Summer Goes”
“Did The Day Go Just Like You Wanted?”
“I’ll Keep It Inside”
“The Colour’s Gonna Run”
“Another Day, Another Night”
“Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying”
“Wait And See What The Day Holds”
“We Were Never Glorious”