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December 11, 2017

Belle and Sebastian today release the first installment of their new triumvirate of EPs, How To Solve Our Human Problems. Stream/embed the five-track EP in full incl. recent single ‘We Were Beautiful’.

Alongside, Tidal are presenting a new video for ‘I’ll Be Your Pilot’, the latest single taken from the EP series, as a special, weeklong exclusive. A trailer of the video can be seen HERE, and a full version is viewable exclusively on Tidal HERE.

Directed by Michael Sherrington, the gently poetic video corresponds with the signature B&S artwork which accompanies the EPs, with a simple yet moving collage of individuals that echoes the spectrum of human emotion.

Already on the BBC 6 Music playlist in UK, and described by NME as “B&S doing their gentle, hushed thing to perfection”, the gorgeously life-affirming song encapsulates the group’s hallmark attention to melody and imaginative lyricism, taking as its subject Stuart Murdoch’s young son.

Recently adding an Australian leg to their busy live schedule in 2018, the band will embark on UK and European tour dates through February and March, including a double header at London’s Troxy on the 16th and 17th of March. Full tour dates can be found below.

Recalling their 1997 release of three consecutive EPs, How To Solve Our Human Problems, has the timeless blend of joy and melancholy and idiosyncratic spirit that has always characterised Belle and Sebastian. A double album’s worth of music – richly melodic, deliciously literate, as gentle as a summer stream but as insistent as a river – How To Solve Our Human Problems is both an era of its own, and part of a long, rich history.

The first installment of How To Solve Our Human Problems will be released on December 8th, with the second and third following on January 19th and February 16th, respectively. The EP trilogy will culminate with a compilation CD and a vinyl box set containing all three EPs, with the option of a box just for EP3 for those who have already purchased 1 and 2. Full release dates and track listing can be found below.

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How To Solve Our Human Problems Part 1 – Tracklisting:

  1. Sweet Dew Lee
  2. We Were Beautiful
  3. Fickle Season
  4. The Girl Doesn’t Get It
  5. Everything Is Now

Released December 8, pre-order –

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How To Solve Our Human Problems Part 2 – Tracklisting:

  1. Show Me The Sun
  2. The Same Star
  3. I’ll Be Your Pilot
  4. Cornflakes
  5. A Plague On Other Boys

Released January 19, pre-order –

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How To Solve Our Human Problems Part 3 – Tracklisting:

  1. Poor Boy
  2. Everything Is Now (Part Two)
  3. Too Many Tears
  4. There Is An Everlasting Song
  5. Best Friend

Released February 16, pre-order – 

UK and European Tour Dates:

Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma

Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie

Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel

Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox

Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal

Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus

Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique

Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon

Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle

Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast

Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp

Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre

Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1

Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery

Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene

Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios

Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall

Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre

Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre

Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City

Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange

Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome

Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy

Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy

Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic

Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House

Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage

Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall

Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall

Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St

Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St



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