Moffat and Hubbert met many years ago. “I can’t remember when we first met, but I’m sure it would have been at a gig or a pub in Glasgow somewhere,” Moffat says. Hubbert, a one-time Glasgow gig promoter, recalls, “I’m pretty sure I put on Arab Strap’s first show back in the day!” Their first collaboration, Car Song, was released in 2012 on Hubbert’s Thirteen Lost & Found album, which went on to win the Scottish Album of the Year Award – only a year after Moffat won the same award for his work with Bill Wells.
The pair have a new album coming out in May 2018. “The album title has a dual meaning – sex and death.” These are common themes from Aidan Moffat; since his early days with Arab Strap, he has explored these subjects with a grace and grit that plunges deep into the human soul. But this is no re-hash of the past, rather a further leap forward for Moffat, now teaming up with fellow Scot, singer and guitarist extraordinaire, RM Hubbert, for this new project.
There’s a rich narrative that flows through the album. Influenced, Moffat says, by “an article I read about mothers who abandon their families, and how that still remains a pretty taboo subject in our times. When marriages break down, it’s almost always the man who leaves.” The album begins with the chance encounter of two old flames as they enjoy hen and stag parties in Blackpool – a prologue, in the form of a page from a screenplay (attached), will be included with the album artwork. We then follow the story as it moves forwards (and backwards) with wit and wisdom, exploring themes of love, family, fortune telling, deceit, death, Schrodinger’s cat, the multiverse … and marshmallows.
The result is a moving, diverse record of great beauty that straddles a line between light and dark and faith and fear; at once fun, funny, and forlorn; both melancholic and sanguine, and inherently melodic throughout.
Siobhan Wilson, along with former Arab Strap drummer David Jeans, will be joining Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert on the tour.
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