Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat Gets Personal on New Album

Arab Strap releases their eighth studio album "I'm totally fine with it don't give a fuck anymore" via Rock Action, marking a fresh start for the band. The album explores themes of connection, disconnection, and modern life, featuring a mix of upbeat and experimental tracks.

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Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat Gets Personal on New Album

Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat Gets Personal on New Album

As Scottish indie rock band Arab Strap releases their eighth studio album "I'm totally fine with it don't give a fuck anymore" via Rock Action, lead vocalist Aidan Moffat opens up about his personal life and interests. The album marks a fresh start for the band, expanding on the new chapter that began with their critically acclaimed 2021 release "As Days Get Dark."

Moffat reveals that he is an Adult Fan of Lego (AFOL), a comics geek, doesn't drive, and has a passion for instrumental music. "It definitely feels like a fresh start from where we used to be," Moffat says. "We're not trying to sound like old Arab Strap. Phase one, if you like, was focused on the ugliness and messiness of romance as a youngster, and that's just not what Arab Strap sings about anymore."

The new album features a mix of upbeat, dynamic songs and more experimental, electronic tracks. The opening tracks "Allatonceness" and "Bliss" showcase the band's focus on the future rather than their past sound. Thematically, the album explores connection, disconnection, and the blurring of lines between tangible and intangible worlds in the modern era.

Moffat tackles issues like online harassment in "Bliss," assuming the perspective of a woman terrorized by online cowards. "Summer Season" addresses the pandemic's impact on social life and communication. Moffat also takes pride in the song "Another Clockwork Day," which explores the theme of self-pleasure. "I'm actually very proud of that song,"Moffat notes. "I was in this asinine argument with someone on Twitter when they just wrote back with this message that said 'Fuck off with your stupid songs about wanking.' I thought to myself, 'Wait a minute, I could write a song about wanking.'"

Other standout tracks include "Safe and Well," an ode to those whose lockdown never ended, "Sociometer Blues," which prompted Moffat to reevaluate his relationship with social media, and the deeply personal "Strawberry Moon." "I totally realised that I don't need these sorts of things... I don't engage with Twitter the way I used to, and I've found myself trying to reconnect physically with people in a way that I hadn't been doing for a long time," Moffat reflects.

Arab Strap, which began in 1995 and released six albums before disbanding in 2006, took over two years to create "I'm totally fine with it don't give a fuck anymore," their longest record-making process to date. The band, once championed by John Peel and signed to a major label, has evolved their sound while staying true to their experimental roots. As Moffat sums up, "I'd say it's the least sexual [album]. A lot of the songs are about the state of the modern world, how it's changed not even over the course of our lifetime but in the last 15 years."