“Sex and death. Love and life. Family, fortune, faith and fear. Guitar, voices, cello, sax, Roland, wolves. Leggings and jeggings, the multiverse and marshmallows”
Having put aside his critically acclaimed ‘solo’ work, including 2012’s SAY award winning Everything’s Getting Older, for the 20th anniversary reformation tour with Arab Strap, Aidan Moffat returns in collaboration with fellow SAY award winner, guitarist RM Hubbert, with their forthcoming album “Here Lies The Body”.
Although the two have worked together previously, this is the first time they have a produced a full album, of which Moffat says; “The title has a dual meaning – sex and death. It can be read as romantic surrender, but of course it’s also a phrase you’ll find on a tombstone”. First single ‘Cockcrow’ which showcases Hubbard’s distinctive, Flamenco based guitar, also features Siobhan Wilson on co-vocals, and follows two “old flames” who meet while on respective hen and stag parties, and it is their story which forms the narrative of the album as a whole, and drawing upon “..an article I read about mothers who abandon their families, and how it still remains a pretty taboo subject in our times. When marriage breaks down, it’s almost always the man who leaves”.
Check out the accompanying video, here
The video is directed by Paul Fegan, who previously worked with Moffat on 2016’s Where You’re Meant To Be documentary, and based around a performance by Dundee ballet dance Jack Webb. Fegan: “It was inspired by a dance piece I saw performed by Scottish Ballet. Aidan, Hubby and Siobhan’s song felt both tender and cold, vulnerable and hopeful. Jack Webb, Julian Schwanitz (Cinematographer) and I decided on a simple one shot idea based on these conflicting emotions. Something dreamlike. And we wanted to include a bed given it’s a prominent element in the albums cover art”.
Here Lies The Body is out on Rock Action records on 11th May, and you can catch it live, with additional support from Siobhan Wilson, on the following dates:
May 17th – Glasgow, St. Lukes
May 21st – Newcastle, Cluny
May 22nd – Leeds, Brudenell Social
May 23rd – London, Moth Club
May 24th – Bristol, Rough Trade
May 25th – Manchester, Deaf Institute