EP Review: Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat – DILF_77 Would Like To Chat

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Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - DILF_77 Would Like To Chat

This short five song EP, DILF_77 Would Like To Chat, is the third release from the acclaimed Scottish duo of Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat and is pretty much what we have come to expect from the partnership.

It opens in spectacular fashion with the title track, a rousing disco effort good enough to give Nile Rodgers a run for his money.  There’s a juxtaposition created when Moffat’s singing kicks in – actually singing is strong word, it’s more talking at a rhythm – as the song doesn’t lose any of its disco undertone but the lyrics are not your stereotypical dancefloor fillers.

Danse Profane moves at a similar pace to DILF_77…, with the piano chords and melodic guitar making for a song which put simply is just very nice to listen to.  Lyrically Moffat narrates a one night stand in an optimistic, even romantic way.  The rest of the EP isn’t quite as energetic as you might guess from titles like Fuck the Sun and Oh, To Sing a Happy Song, but then this is Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat we are discussing here.

Fuck the Sun is particularly depressing with lyrics like “I’ll have worries, debt and cancer, you’ll have fun”, but no matter how pessimistic the EP gets it never loses its charm.

You have to admire the skill the two have to be able to come up with songs which are lyrically dark and sleazy but still romantic in their own way.  Everyday life stories told to music.  Moffat’s bread and butter.

Bill Wells and Aidan MoffatDILF_77 Would Like To Chat is out now via Chemikal Underground and can be purchased on CD and download here.

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