Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs played their first ever show last week on Thursday the 12th of April in New York City. The brief performance was part of Upstairs At The Square, a monthly event staged at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Union Square which brings together writers and musicians. For this event, The Best-Ofs joined Ian Rankin, who talked about his new book and his recent collaboration with the band for the Ballads Of The Book compilation. The pared down band played 3 songs: Big Blonde, Atheist’s Lament and the aforementioned collaboration, The Sixth Stone (which Aidan managed to fuck up). You can hear the whole event for yourself – it’s available in audio form for download from the Barnes & Noble website. Go to:
The first song by Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs, “The Sixth Stone,” will be released on Monday the 3rd of March as part of the “Ballads Of The Book” compilation on Chemikal Underground. The album features 18 collaborations from contemporary Scottish writers and musicians and the lyrics for the Best-Ofs song were written by none other than Scotland’s premier crime novelist, Ian Rankin! For more details and streaming audio of “The Sixth Stone,” have a look at the excellent mini-site :
Aidan Moffat’s third album as L. Pierre, “Dip,” is now available at all good record stores on CD and LP, or you can buy it directly from Melodic and download it from iTunes.
“…astonishingly beautiful; a simple yet endlessly revealing series of quietly elegant pieces.” - Word
“Ambient music has an unlikely new hero.” - Independent On Sunday
“..blissed-out reverie…” – Zoo (!)
“Considering that Moffat is best known for his distinctive lyrical and vocal style, for him to deliver instrumental music of such beauty, poignancy and sheer quality surely makes him some sort of genius. An early contender for 2007’s album of the year? Very possibly.” – Drowned In Sound
See full review at Drowned In Sound.