Some time in 2006 a friend who was spending time in Cork Ireland sent me a partial copy of an album called “In the Moon” by a band called “Elephant.” I fell in love and ordered 3 original copies which had to be shipped to the U.S. from Cork. At the time it felt a little rash, but the album is really something and I knew the band had broken up, the album was already scarce.
Fast forward a few years. Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian released “God Help the Girl” a couple of days ago. I excitedly picked up the album on vinyl during lunch today and this evening I settled in to listen all the way through. Within seconds I recognized the new female singer’s voice – Catherine Ireton from Elephants! I always wanted to hear her do more but I didn’t think it’d ever happen. Her rendition of the classic Belle and Sebastian song “Act of the Apostle” is amazing and she’s stunning on the new title track, “God Help the Girl.” Figures that Stuart would have such excellent taste!