With the documentary God Help The Girl (for which he penned the soundtrack) finally premiering at Sundance, Stuart Murdoch is now working on Belle and Sebastian's new album, which he hopes will be out this autumn.

The real news is that the they seem to have a new source of inspiration for their upcoming material - and that source is Eurovision: "it's the only time that Europe gets together for this big party," he says.

"One of the things I wanted to explore – this might seem a bit facetious, but we have this thing called a Eurovision Song Contest," Stuart Murdoch explained to Rolling Stone. "For example, Abba won in 1974, and that’s how they got their big break. And that was really the last great song from Eurovision. So in a sense, I remember saying to the band, I want to do an album that one song feels like it could be the Cyprus entry for 1974. And then next song would be the German entry for 1989, or something like that. You might not see that in the finished songs, but somewhere that's been an inspiration."

Source: Clash

Interpol are also planning a new album for later this year...