Nyx Nótt is the new project from Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat. Nyx is a Greek goddess and Nótt is a Norse goddess. His new album is called Aux Pieds de la Nuit which roughly translates to At The Feet Of The Night. The album has a nocturnal feel to it as he recorded it at home whilst the rest of the household slept. It is also an album that celebrates the wee small hours.
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Arab Strap's Aiden Moffat is back with his new Nyx Nótt project. There's a bit of biography to this record which is important - Moffat wrote and recorded this album at night. This has certainly fed into the work as the whole album has a certain twilit atmosphere. I'm reminded of the Caretaker's 'Empty Bliss' series, with both albums sharing a certain faded elegance and blissful ennui.
The phrase which keeps springing to mind is 'Lychian'. David Lynch's ouvre is characterised by, among other things, a preoccuption with the dreamlike and the point where consciousness and unconsciousness meet. This album also shares the beauty and mystery compound that's present in Lynch's best work. One can easily imagine Aiden Moffat performing at the Roadhouse during the close of an episode of 'Twin Peaks: The Return'. Similarly, the songs could easily accompany Jack Spencer's excursions round the industrial wastelands of 'Eraserhead'.
There are some stand-out moments on this album such as the beautiful strings on 'The Prairie', the Meredith Monk-esque vocalisations in the begining of 'Words of Wonder', and the atmosphere of sly menace on 'Shirley Jackson On Drums'. 'Aux Pieds de la Nuit' is a mysterious work, full of beauty and shrouded in an ancient darkness.
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