Belle and Sebastian – Tigermilk

Tigermilk is the debut album from Belle and Sebastian.  It was originally released on Electric Honey Records, a label formed as a course requirement for Music Business and Administration Degree from Glasgow’s Stow College, because this was an amateur project there was only 1000 vinyl LPs produced. It was recorded in a mere five days in 1996.  Thankfully it was re-released to stop bootleggers.

It was recorded on a budget and with limited time, this suits the shambling style that Belle and Sebastian have.  It starts with The State I’m In, this is fantastically sarcastic.  It sets the tone for the rest of the album.  Songs about failure, tragedy, loneliness and alienation, with an upbeat pop melody.  Expectations a sad tale of teenage life, rejection, the incessant pain of normality.  This story is told on the way to school on Monday morning.

With the exception of Electronic Renaissance the album style is very Belle and Sebastian, eventhough there are a variety of instruments and styles used. Handclasps, organ, brass, keyboards and strings.  There is even a passage read from Rip Van Winkle.

Belle and Sebastian : Tigermilk

The State I Am In
She’s Losing It
You’re Just A Baby
Electronic Renaissance
I Could Be Dreaming
We Rule The School
My Wandering Days Are Over
I Don’t Love Anyone
Mary Jo


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