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New music: Belle & Sebastian – Crash


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Their cover of the Primitives’ 1988 hit ditches the rock guitars for gentle strumming and piano flourishes

Six years after their first Late Night Tales compilation – which included a mixture of pop, 60s psyche and a song by the artist David Shrigley – Belle & Sebastian are set to release the follow-up at the end of March. As with the first one it’s a varied collection of music that’s influenced them throughout their career, from 60s curios such as the Wonder Who’s Watch the Flowers Grow to current electronic acts such as Gold Panda and Toro Y Moi. For the compilation’s obligatory cover, the band have chosen the Primitives’ 1988 hit Crash, a song which has been covered by the likes of rave pioneer Luna-C and former Busted linchpin Matt Willis, and was given a new lease of life after a remixed version appeared in Dumb & Dumber. For their slightly more muted version – premiered here exclusively – the 80s rock guitars are ditched in favour of some gentle strumming, while piano flourishes and some distant backing vocals make it the perfect choice for a bittersweet Belle & Sebastian love song.

Late Night Tales: Belle And Sebastian – Volume Two is out on 26 March

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