Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat - Everything’s Getting Older (4 stars)

Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat - Everything’s Getting Older

A great jazz, folk and spoken word collaboration

(Chemikal Underground)

Lovers of a collaboration both – Bill Wells with The Pastels and Isobel Campbell among others, Aidan Moffat with the likes of Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and FOUND – it was really only a matter of time before this pair got it together, and indeed there’s history, Wells having played piano on Arab Strap’s Monday at the Hug and Pint.

Picking-up where they left off with plaintive ivories-tinkling and a half-sung lament (‘Let’s Stop Here’), it’s a career-high shared, as Wells lays down warm, jazzy arrangements and Moffat muses with trademark candour on all from snatching a sorrowful pint before a funeral (‘The Copper Top’) to love, fatherhood and infinity (‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’). And bad sex (‘Ballads of the Bastard’), obviously.

Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat - (If You) Keep Me In Your Heart