It was battle of the beards as instrumentalist Bill Wells hooked up with Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat for this well regarded collaboration which netted the duo a tidy £20000 windfall by winning Scottish Album of the Year in 2011. Now you can re-live the album in which Wells distinctive but subtle neo-classical moves left space for Moffat's poetry and wordplay to truly come into its own away from the relative racket of his former band.
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A fascinating collaboration here between ex-Arab Strap mumbler Aidan Moffat and Glaswegian experimental jazz composer and pianist Bill Wells. This really works. It's beautifully recorded and as would be expected the vocals and piano are to the fore, but it never slips into a rut. The album's centrepiece seems to be the shimmering, achingly beautiful 'The Copper Top', with Aidan resignedly reciting a story about going to the pub after a funeral over a mournful piano line, but no sooner is that over that Moffat is on some jaunty, mucky little rap about infidelity. As can be expected from Moffat, the lyrics here are very fine indeed, and less relentlessly grubby as a lot of his previous work. A lot of the time the album has a very loungey coffee table feel but there's enough edge to the vocal delivery to keep it from falling into easy listening territory, with sleazy grooves and spooky free jazz rubbing up against the smoother pieces. All in all this is a mature and engrossing effort, and leaves me hoping that this isn't the last we'll be hearing of this particular collaboration.
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