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Lucky Pierre Hypnogogia

Evidently Arab Strap main guy Aidan Moffat is something of an insomniac. And because he can't stomach "chill out" records, he went and made himself his own album to sleep by. Ironically, if we are to believe the myth behind the music, you'd be hard-pressed to get any shut-eye to this. It's too good. Borrowing strings from both his own Arab Strap songs and Baroque symphonies, and underpinning them with feathered Casio rhythms, Hypnogogia tugs you into a forested maze of memory and melancholy that suggests Gas remixing Godspeed!, or Kid Loco remixing Art of Noise. Undoubtedly one of the most singular, gorgeous albums of the year, Hypnogogia is many things. Anything but a sleeper.

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