Scottish collective Belle and Sebastian are planning to release two EPs before the end of the summer and have a tour planned for later this year.
The first, Jonathan David, is slated for a June 12 release, according to a Matador Records spokesperson, and comprises the previously unreleased songs "Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove It," "The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner" and the title track, sung by guitarist Stevie Jackson. The EP's cover will feature a photo of trumpeter/bassist Mick Cooke taken by singer/guitarist Stuart Murdoch.
A video for "Jonathan David" is likely to be shot in the band's hometown of Glasgow May 19 and 20, the group's U.K. spokesperson said. In the meantime, the band is considering a director for the clip.
No title, track listing or release date has been set for the second EP.
A Stateside visit for the indie icons is in the works for late summer or early autumn. Although an itinerary hasn't been finalized, the U.K. spokesperson expects all the shows will take place on the West Coast. In February, Belle and Sebastian were in New York laying down several tracks for the soundtrack to writer/director Todd Solondz's film "Storytelling," which is scheduled to hit theaters in October (see "Belle And Sebastian Add Film Scoring To Repetoire"). The film stars Heather Matarazzo, featured in Solondz's 1995 flick "Welcome to the Dollhouse," and James Van Der Beek of TV's "Dawson's Creek" fame.