Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat – Everything’s Getting Older album review

What does music eight years in the making get you? A dynamic duo encompassed by multi-instrumentalists that are inevitably familiar with collaborations. Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells are set to release “Everything’s Getting Older” comprising of distinctive piano driven, jazz-filled love ballads concocted with Moffat’s unique, but definitely more reserved lyricism.

The accomplished Aidan Moffat spawns a distinct discography, which include his solo projects under Aidan John Moffat, his full name or as part of his band Aidan Moffat & the Best Ofs. Not to forget his pivotal part in the Scottish Arab Strap band. On the other hand, Bill Wells the multi-talented instrumentalist and composer can cite Bill Wells Octet, Isobel Campbell, The Pastels and Future Pilot A.K.A. among his many accomplishments.

The two Scots encountered each other once before with Arab Strap’s “Monday at the Hug & Pint,” in which Wells augmented the LP with his piano craft. It took some time for “Everything’s Getting Older” to ferment, but on May 10, the prized album will be revealed and the celebration will begin. The scrupulous protracted process was well worth it. The collaboration began in 2003 with the lighthearted single, “(If You) Keep Me In Your Heart,” which breaks the dark feel of the album.  “Everything’s Getting Older” opens up with jazzy tunes driven by Wells’ soothing piano that will become familiar with the likes of “Let’s Stop Here” and “The Sadness In Your Life Will Slowly Fade.” Moffat’s unchecked accounts at failed relationships can be seen in “Ballad of the Bastard,” which definitely harbors hostility. Without dismay “Glasgow Jubilee” shows a funky side to “Everything’s Getting Older.” The album’s mature side becomes apparent in “Cages,” which comes to terms with the perks and limitations of responsibility, marriage and fatherhood.

If you haven’t already noticed, Moffat’s specialty is lyrics – embellished with a guttural Scottish accent. While Wells retreats, at ease in the background, not to be forgotten; thus, setting the scene for the entire record. Wells engulfs the gloomy track “The Cooper Top” joined together with the high-strung drums and the double bass of “Tasogare.”

“Everything’s Getting Older” encompasses the lives of Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells at the moment and brings about the essence of freedom in aging, entangled by responsibility and fatherhood. Although it was a lengthy development, these two Scotts saw the benefits of this process.  Hence, an impeccable breezy jazz piano ensemble was the result. We won’t see any havoc like that of Arab Strap’s first release… until perhaps a decade from now with the onset of Moffat’s mid-life crisis – but “Everything’s Getting Older” does show us a side of Moffat that we have never seen before. Perhaps he deserves much credit for taking the leap into new likely mature directions.

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