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Arab Strap Share First New Song in 15 Years: Listen


Arab Strap are back. The influential Scottish duo of Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton have released “The Turning of Our Bones,” their first song since splitting up after the 2005 LP The Last Romance. Listen to it below. Another new song, “The Jumper,” will feature on the B-side of the single’s physical release on October 23.

“‘The Turning of Our Bones’ is an incantation, a voodoo spell to raise the dead,” Moffat said in a press release. “Inspired by the Famadihana ritual of the Malagasy people of Madagascar, in which they dance with the corpses of loved ones; it’s all about resurrection and shagging.”

When they split in 2006, Arab Strap said there was “no animosity, no drama,” adding, “We simply feel we’ve run our course.” Since then, Moffat and Middleton have released several solo albums—Middleton under his own name, Moffat sometimes working as Lucky (or L.) Pierre—as well as overseeing reissues of the Arab Strap catalog. In 2016, they reformed for festival appearances without releasing any music beyond “The First Big Weekend of 2016,” a remix of their classic debut single.



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