‘As Days Get Dark’, Arab Strap's seventh studio album and their first for 16 years, was a record that managed to feel like both evolution and revolution: a continuation of what has come before whilst also a bold leap into the future.
In that spirit, Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton have remixed themselves on the new single and album standout 'Fable of the Urban Fox'.
Moffat explains: “When I wrote the lyrics for this in 2019, I was hoping its obvious allegorical message might not be relevant by the time it came out, but sadly it seems the lack of humanity in government and influence of right-wing media continues to prevail. We had a lot of good feedback for the album version, so it was suggested we release it as a single, but we felt it was a bit too long and attempted to trim it – but one thing led to another and pretty soon it became a proper remix with new parts and drums, much like we did with (Afternoon) Soaps back in the old days. So it's the same song in a new outfit – a tighter fit for a new season, suitable for all occasions.”
The song comes with an accompanying video directed by Rose Hendry and stars film, TV and stage actress Fiona O'Shaughnessy.
Hendry expands on the concept: “The film for ‘Fable Of The Urban Fox’ explores the immediate aftermath of a moment of irreversible violence, by a woman who for reasons unknown to her, has snapped. What happens when you realise you have done something terrible? Can you be forgiven? Can we be unknowingly coerced into doing something we wouldn’t normally do?
“The music and lyrics in ‘Fable Of The Urban Fox’ are so emotive and visually rich. It’s dark and stormy but there’s also an overall sense of hope in amongst something which ends up violent in imagery. When I thought about a fox, I thought about someone trying to survive and someone with a dream. I thought about people who leave home for hope of a better life whether on the edge of existence or for something better than their current. Hope and dreams are what move people.”
Watch the video for 'Fable of the Urban Fox' - BELOW:
On its release, As Days Gets Dark was praised to the hilt and entered the Official UK Charts at No.14. Well, as Middleton predicted, “There's no point getting back together to release mediocrity.”
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4th Manchester Academy 2
5th Dorset - End of The Road Festival
6th Birmingham The Mill
7th Bristol SWX
8th London Electric Ballroom
9th Newcastle upon Tyne Boiler Shop
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