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Arab Strap

Philophobia (2019 reissue)

Chemikal Underground


Released: 6th Dec 2019


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Twenty one years after its initial release, Arab Strap’s second album Philophobia is reissued on Vinyl, having been out of print for twenty years.

Philophobia was recorded on the outskirts of Glasgow in the early incarnation of CHEM 19 Studios with engineer/producer Paul Savage at Cava Studios in Glasgow with engineer Geoff Allan Initially released in 1998, it was the follow up to the band’s 1996 debut The Week Never Starts Round Here. Instrumentally ambitious, Philophobia is adorned with sepulchral guitar, trumpet, cello & Scottish rainfall, providing a most beautiful backdrop to Aidan Moffat’s bold lyrical presentation as he articulates experiences most of us are too embarrassed to even think about; confessional, intimate, insightful and hilarious, Philophobia remains a literate & musical revelation. Philophobia ’’--(from Greek "φιλέω φιλώ" (love) and "φοβία" (phobia)), is the fear of falling in love / emotional attachment.

Philophobia (2019 reissue)


  1. Packs Of Three
  2. Soaps
  3. Here We Go
  4. New Birds
  5. One Day, After School
  6. Islands
  7. The Night Befrore The Funeral
  8. Not Quite A Yes
  9. Piglet
  10. Afterwards
  11. My Favourite Muse
  12. I Would’ve Liked Me A Lot Last Night
  13. The First Time You’re Unfaithful