Eminent Glasgow-based outfit Belle and Sebastian continue to seek sense in the midst of a global crisis with the release of their latest project.

‘Protecting The Hive’ is a two-part project which sees the Scottish group collaborate with their fans in a unique and refreshing addition to their expansive discography. The first of these two parts has been shared today: a five-minute audio-visual poem about the experience of self-isolation. The lyrics have been provided by fans of Belle and Sebastian, after an invitation from the band.

With the lyrics arranged by Belle and Sebastian, singer Stuart Murdoch and friend of the band Alessandra Lupo lend their voices to the narration. Tying it together is a sweeping aerial document of a deserted Glasgow, provided by Kenny MacLeod.

The second part is scheduled to be released on Friday 24th April. This is set to be a work-in-progress demo which will tread similar ground to the first installment. Belle and Sebastian will release these as audio files, imploring their fans to experiment.

In a note to fans, Murdoch said: “Ok, I’ve got an idea. I come up with lots of tunes but the band aren’t around just now, and I rely on them to turn them into pop. How about we make a tune together using remote technology? Send me a few sentences or a paragraph, I’ll try to funnel those words into a song, then I’ll record an acoustic version of it and bounce it back to you. Then it’s up to you to do what you want to do with it! You have GarageBand, Zoom, whatever. A collaboration. Someone might be good with tech. Someone might want to sing it. Can you put a rhythm to it? Someone add some organ, some flute! At this point it’s out of my hands.”

The second part will be shared this Friday 24th April.

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