ARAB STRAP – ” Compersion Part 1 “

Posted: December 6, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Last week Scottish duo Arab Strap (Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton) announced their first album in 16 years, “As Days Get Dark”, making the announcement in tandem with the release of a new single, “Compersion Pt. 1,” which will be featured on the album. As Days Get Dark will be out on March 5th, 2021 via Rock Action.

Frontman Aidan Moffat talks about the meaning of “Compersion Pt. 1” in a press release, where he says that the song “depicts a quest to find the ever-elusive unicorn; to bond fluidly—and safely with the like-minded and adventurous, in the comforting arms of an anonymous hotel…and the stark realization that you never really wanted it.” Speaking on the album, Moffat states, “It’s about hopelessness and darkness, but in a fun way.” Moffat goes on to clarify that the intent for this latest album is not to “recapture the ’90s,” but to capture something new and unexplored for the group. “This album feels like its own new thing to me,” he says. “It’s definitely Arab Strap, but an older and wiser one, and quite probably a better one. I’ve never been interested in making slick records, but the new stuff sounds much fuller, brighter and better because we actually know what we’re doing. I think for a long time we didn’t know how to express what we wanted in a studio.” Nonetheless, he still reaffirms that “we’re still doing what we always do: Malcolm [Middleton] gives me some guitar parts then I’ll fuck about with them and put some drum machines and words over the top.”

Bandmate Malcolm Middleton also had a few things to say regarding the album in a press release: “We’ve had enough distance from our earlier work to reappraise and dissect the good and bad elements of what we did. Not many bands get to do this, so it’s great to split up.” For this album, Moffat and Middleton have reconnected with producer Paul Savage. “Paul brings comfort and trust,” says Middleton, “and a sense of continuity.” Middleton makes a final statement regarding the band’s reunion and the new sonic direction they are exploring on the album: “There’s no point getting back together to release mediocrity.”

In September, Arab Strap released the single “The Turning of Our Bones,” which was the first song they had released in 15 years and is the album’s opening track. The band’s last album was 2005’s The Last Romance.

Scotland’s Arab Strap—the duo of Malcolm Middleton and Aidan Moffat—dissolved amicably in 2006, not long after the release of their album The Last Romance. Their separation lasted for more than a decade, with the pair reuniting on stage for a handful of festival dates in 2016. But September brought “The Turning of Our Bones,” Arab Strap’s first new song in 15 years, and they announced the album with the track “Compersion Pt. 1” later in the year. Moffat has said As Days Get Dark is “about hopelessness and darkness, but in a fun way.”

Our new album ‘As Days Get Dark’ will have an indie record shop exclusive pressing of Two Tone (clear + black) colour vinyl. Out 5th March 2021.

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