Belle and Sebastian - Step Into My Office, Baby (Rough Trade)
UK release date: 17 November 2003
Step Into My Office, Baby takes Belle and Sebastian back to the glory days of Tigermilk and the big smile that spread over your face when you heard it for the first time. The first single from the excellent new album Dear Catastrophe Waitress, it's also the track that most clearly shows a new, perky direction for this most idiosyncratic of bands.
Their new producer Trevor Horn (Tatu / ABC / Frankie Goes To Hollywood) has taken their quirky way with rhythm and lyrics and added a new West Coast dimension without damaging their appeal, which is frankly an impressive achievement.
Step Into My Office, Baby bounces along in irresistible fashion, with jaunty flute replacing the more traditional trumpet, some delicious twangy guitars and Stuart Murdoch's unmistakable lispy tones curling round some great lyrics. This song could open up a whole new audience... B&S meets the Beach Boys?