Taking a break from the pleasures of domesticity and enforced confinement, the ever-charming and loquacious Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap speaks with PopMatters of matters large and small, past and present.
On the eve of Arab Strap’s latest album, PopMatters caught up with the erudite and thoughtful Malcolm Middleton to consider now, then, and everything in between.
Arab Strap produce a concise video accompaniment to their music and art, all on equally compact indie budgets. While the result forms an enjoyable “Greatest Hits of Arab Strap” selection, it’s more than that.
The distinct identity of Arab Strap, as an instrumental and lyrical unit, is matched by the visual aspect. The band’s artwork walks a sure-footed tightrope of casual appearance to deliberate effect.