Days of the Bagnold Summer began life as a 2012 award-winning graphic novel by Joff Winterhart, was turned into a feature film and the directorial debut of Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), and is now a wonderful, rich, bittersweet, and warmly welcoming original soundtrack album by Belle and Sebastian, to be released in September 2019 on Matador Records. The collection features eleven brand new Belle and Sebastian songs, as well as re-recorded versions of classics "Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying," originally appearing on 1996's If You're Feeling Sinister, and "I Know Where The Summer Goes," from 1998's This Is Just a Modern Rock Song EP.
"Everything we do that becomes an album is a big deal for us," says Stuart Murdoch. "We're quietly pleased with how the collaboration went, but the truth is that you don't know what's going to happen when it goes out into the world, and people hear it." Sarah Martin thinks it is slightly different from other records they've put out, "It's more consistent, probably, than most of our albums. Soundtracks are a deeper cut. They're not a big pop statement." But is making music for film that different than making it for a listener? "The whole thing with music is to make a good moment better," Murdoch adds. "Deeper, more thrilling, more heartfelt."