Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert

Here Lies The Body

"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.

"It can be read as romantic surrender, but of course it's also a phrase you'll find on a tombstone," Moffat elaborates. Equally multidimensional is the music contained within, weaving beautiful, spidery guitar work, haunting piano lines, lush strings, delicate percussion, fizzing 808 beats, synth pop, samba, and moments of jazz, while Moffat's rich voice carries the narrative in rich grumbles, hushed whispers, and revealing spoken word.

The album begins with first single Cockrow and a chance encounter of two old flames as they enjoy hen and stag parties in Blackpool - the album follows their 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 narrative was 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."