Legendary Falkirk Duo Present Double Album Compilation to Celebrate 20 Songs for 20 Years!
Not content with sending their fans into delirium by announcing a handful of very special live shows in October, Arab Strap (Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton) have also compiled a double album of ‘secret hits and rarities' to celebrate their 20th anniversary year. Reflecting on a 10 year career that was as influential as it was controversial, Arab Strap's self-titled compilation highlights an extraordinary output that staunchly refused to conform to expectation. From the string-led sashay of "Shy Retirer" to the piano-driven noir of "Love Detective"; the lo-fi crunch of "The Clearing" to the spartan electronica of "Rocket, Take Your Turn," Arab Strap were a fearless and resolutely original proposition from the minute Aidan regaled us with tales of their "First Big Weekend" back in 1996.
Aidan on the track listing for Arab Strap: "We chose 20 songs – one for each year since we started – and decided to split them into two lots of 10. The first disc's a kind of best-of, but we just stuck to the more electronic stuff for this – there's so many different sounds going on in Arab Strap albums, so we wanted to make it a more coherent whole. The second disc's filled with rarities from EPs and b-sides and out-takes and stuff, so there's some louder rock stuff on there. I think all of these songs could've been on the albums they were recorded for, but sometimes you're trying to tell a story and they just don't fit. This disc is more live drums and rock-y too, so anyone looking for the noise should hopefully be satisfied."