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As Days Get Dark EMBARGOED till 2411

Arab Strap – As Days Get Dark


 

Rarely in Sput’s illustrious history has the Album of the Month been this closely contested. While some recent favourites such as Krallice’s supposedly “listenable” Demonic Wealth were blown aside with the weight of a brief fart, albums such as Dvne’s Etemen Ænka stood strong, beat only by the sheer magnitude of quality on this album of the decade contender. Okay…

“Meanwhile, at a bar, a Drunkard muses“ is a Strap song penned on 2003’s A Monday at the Hug & Pint – it’s a cracking song, on one of their best albums, but it’s also a powerfully symbolic title representative of that confessional blend of post-rock and slowcore that is so uniquely theirs. Over the course of their career, frontman Aidan Moffat has mastered the art of such musings, forming a collection of legitimate poetry like a laureate of Sunday’s spent hungover reminiscing of the night before in brief flashes. Tales of lost-love, shags, infidelity, booze, boredom and the mundane beauty of a head in the gutter – at times these are hilarious, at times they’re jarringly honest in recollection. Eighteen years separate As Days Grow Dark from that one, sixteen since the last Arab Strap release. Make no mistake, their return was never a given. It was evident that the duo had grown unsure in their output. Making a step braver than many artists unfortunately take, the duo placed their art on hold, taking time to hone their craft further into the throes of middle age. Here, they return with what is probably their best yet. There’s serious artistic growth here, the band refining their earlier palette/tones/instrumentation/whatever with a newfound synth-pop tinge that feels ridiculously natural given that they’ve merely hinted at such a styling in the past. Plus, this modern evolution of Moffat is his best yet, now not merely satisfied detailing the real-life grit of every-day romance, he’s grown to detail the placidity of life in a morbid, universal language that finds beauty in the mass-mundane.Krallice+2/5 – Pheromone





JohnnyoftheWell
04.05.21
This is the most beautiful blurb I ever did read

Very based, nice one phero

Nocte
04.05.21
Shots at Krallice. Suppose. I'm subscribed. Beautiful.

porcupinetheater
04.05.21
Stunning and iconic blurb, Arab Strap's got shooters out here

DrGonzo1937
04.05.21
big thanks to pheromone for writing the blurb for this month

anat
04.05.21
I love this album and I love this blurb

someone
04.05.21
great stuff. finally seeing something i voted for win

DDDeftoneDDD
04.05.21
Lol I see you all

Dewinged
04.05.21
I almost got the Dvnes here but your write up makes me glad I didn't Phero. Nicely done.

DDDeftoneDDD
04.05.21
I don t get the very end tho XD

Pheromone
04.05.21
thanks for the kind words kind friends

also dd that end means very little do not worry aha

dedex
04.05.21
Guess I gotta check this one. Lovely blurb Phero!

Pheromone
04.06.21
ay dede thank you luv, i would be super intererested in seeing what you think of the album

until you 3 it

dedex
04.06.21
I will try to 2.5 it then

Pheromone
04.06.21
that's a relief phew

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