And on the page, it’s clear to see why he felt this way. Pamela’s unusual characters, each picked out in soft, delicate linework, have an appropriate mischief and sincerity about them. And rather than dominating the space, they interact with the lyrics in a subtle way to make even the most familiar of lyrics feel fresh.
Perhaps the perfect fit has something to do with the similar way in which the pair see the world. Stuart is renowned for extrapolating characters and observations from the world around him, and Pamela’s art has been compared to Pareidolia. On her site, she says: “This is the psychological phenomenon where the mind responds to a stimulus by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.”
Limited to a run of just 1,000 copies, Belle and Sebastian Illustrated Lyrics comes bound in real cloth and signed by Stuart Murdoch himself. The book is also printed in five colours, with a specially selected Pantone used to pick out the lyrics. According to the publisher, this is to help the words shine out on the page. Pre-order your copy on the Volume site.