Belle & Sebastian - Paper Boat

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Paper Boat is an unreleased Belle & Sebastian track written by Stuart David (co-founder of Belle & Sebastian, now of Looper) with a brand new video created by Looper's Karn David (who directed the early Belle & Sebastian videos).

The original footage filmed was in the summer of 1998 when Neil Robertson (the then B&S manager) took Stuart Murdoch, Isobel Campbell, Stuart and Karn David, to Banchory, Aberdeenshire for a wee trip...

Stuart David releases his latest book, In The All-Night Cafe, A Memoir of Belle and Sebastian, on 16 April (via Little Brown in the UK) / 1 May (Chicago Free Press in the US) and Looper release These Things, a 5 CD box set featuring the brand new album Offgrid:Offline on 13 April (14 April in the US) on Mute.

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These days, Belle and Sebastian embrace glossy dance influences, but the Scottish indie heroes are digging back into their days as a fragile, folksy band with a video for the unreleased tune "Paper Boat."

This track is fronted by former member Stuart David, who now plays in the band Looper. It's reflective of the band's early days with a twee acoustic arrangement and plinking glockenspiel. The song has never appeared on an album, although it has circulated among fans thanks to a radio session.

Stuart David's Looper bandmate Karn David put together the accompanying video using some archival vacation footage. A description explains, "The original footage filmed was in the summer of 1998 when Neil Robertson (the then B&S manager) took Stuart Murdoch, Isobel Campbell, Stuart and Karn David, to Banchory, Aberdeenshire for a wee trip."

Watch the blurry, deeply nostalgic Super 8 video above.
-- Exclaim!

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