I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Scots. They can drink their weight in booze, they have a badass accent, and lately they’ve been putting out great music. Frightened Rabbit released my favorite album last year. Camera Obscura’s soon-to-be-released album is another winner. And Aidan Moffat has a mighty beard, a keen sense of language, and serious talent for songwriting.
Moffat cut his musical teeth as a member of the duo Arab Strap. When they broke up in 2006 he decided to branch out a bit. So he made a spoken word poetry album. Then he invited just about every Scottish musician to join him in recording an album. The result is How to Get to Heaven From Scotland, released under the moniker Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs.
An a capella intro, whistling, and beatboxing are an interesting way to kick of an album, but Moffat manages to pull it off here. It makes for a haunting beginning to what’s otherwise a pretty upbeat album.
It’s an interesting conceit: a lament of an atheist wishing there was a god. More importantly it’s an effective song, with sparse accompaniment leaving plenty of room for the story to come across.