The Most Important Place in the World

The Most Important Place in the World

by Aidan Moffat


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The Most Important Place in the World

The second studio long-player from Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) and multi-instrumentalist and composer Bill Wells, the Glasgow-centric Most Important Place in the World takes its title from an IKEA slogan, and is, according to Moffat, "a salute to the city and the secrets she hides; its ticking clocks and dirty dishes; its raising the devil on old equipment. It's about the life we want versus the life we need '- and deciding which is which." Listeners who fell under the dark spell of 2011's acclaimed Everything's Getting Older, which took home the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Award, will find that little has changed in Moffat and Wells' noirish, red light district-imbued version of the U.K. Opening and closing with the disinterested hum of traffic, the 12-track set deftly juggles chamber pop, beat poetry, and Tom Waits-ian gutter balladry with Moffat's cinematic tales of sex, aging, and urban decay, all of which bristle with Scottish wit and stoic north country defiance, bolstered by rich flourishes of horns, strings, jazzy electro-pop, and Wells' measured and tasteful piano playing. A heady, yet accessible amalgam of Burt Bacharach, Scott Walker, Antony and the Johnsons, and Neil Hannon's least flouncy Divine Comedy offerings, The Most Important Place in the World feels like a musical theater piece and listens like a good book (the evocative closer "We're Still Here" suggests a Glaswegian Canterbury Tales), and its dark charms are as seductive as they are thick with exhaust.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2015
Label: Chemikal Underground
UPC: 5024545707823
catalogNumber: 220

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Performance Credits

Aidan Moffat   Primary Artist
John Burgess   Guest Appearance
Catherine Robertson   Guest Appearance
Annemarie McGahon   Guest Appearance
Katie Rush   Guest Appearance
Cairn String Quartet   Guest Appearance
Jan Elliott   Guest Appearance
Aby Vulliamy   Guest Appearance
Steven Miller   Guest Appearance
Andrew Pattie   Guest Appearance
Hannah Dent   Guest Appearance
Greg Waddell   Guest Appearance
Graham Mack   Guest Appearance
Declan McDonnell   Guest Appearance
Davie Morrison   Guest Appearance
Danielle Price   Guest Appearance
Christine Arthur   Guest Appearance
Charlie Neeson   Guest Appearance
Cari Anderson   Vocals
Alison Urie   Guest Appearance
Alexis Stearns   Guest Appearance
Adam Stearns   Guest Appearance
Glad Cafe Community Choir   Guest Appearance
Teresa Magee   Guest Appearance
Susan Appelbe   Guest Appearance
Sarah O'Shaughnessy   Guest Appearance
Rory Haye   Guest Appearance
Ronan Deazley   Guest Appearance
Robert Henderson   Guest Appearance
Rachel Docherty   Guest Appearance
Marian McSeveney   Guest Appearance
Libby Lawson   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Paul Savage   Engineer
Aidan Moffat   Composer
Tony Doogan   Piano Engineer
Bill Wells   Composer
Cari Anderson   Loop
Samuel Moffat   Cover Drawing

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