A Middle Distance Runner

Posted by Scott

I could fill an entire blog with posts about B&S songs, the list never ends. But in the interest of not boring everyone to death I’m keeping it to my absolute favorites. Stuart Murdoch is an incredible poet and it’s a wonder they also come up with such beautiful music to accompany his words. Something that has always struck me about their recording style is the one-take nature they all seem to have (pre-The Life Pursuit albums at least). Not a ton of effects or production work, just them and their instruments. If you check them out live this fact becomes even more evident. Here’s a great video of them performing this song live.

I also love this cover, for obviously reasons. The type treatment is great and the color scheme is perfect. It’s definitely a break from the sort of duo-tone photos they typically feature on their covers, but this was just an EP and I think they might reserve those for the full albums most of the time. Sorry for the poor quality, I couldn’t find a proper scan of the cover anywhere.

Belle & Sebastian – The Loneliness Of  A Middle Distance Runner


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Scott says:

April 25, 2008 at 1:56 pm

ha, I don’t think it’s quite that simple. besides, I am not sure my style would suit them, they’ve a decidedly restrained aesthetic that’s less graphic design and more photographic.


jasper F. Agterbosch says:

April 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Your best point (ah, that’s subjective I know) is that you can set a mood, be it graphic design or more artsy stuff or even with your photographs.
I think that set of moods you are working in can really work for B&S.

For what it’s worth, I can see it work and pull both of you to a next stage :-)


Kyle says:

April 25, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Fantastic band to see live. I saw them live a few years back with The New Pornographers, fantastic show.
Their live show really highlights their lack of production.