Malcolm Middleton is the other half of Arab Strap, and like Aidan Moffat, he's got a solo album out this year, which is dark, funny and moving -- altogether worth listening. Here's a bit from my Dusted review, which went up today.
Malcolm Middleton’s fifth (and, according to some interviews, last) solo album revisits A Brighter Beat’s vertiginous juxtapositions of self-doubt and synthesizer pop, of jangling indie rock and foul-mouthed depression. This is, after all, the songwriter that hitched one of his jauntiest hooks to a chorus of “We’re all going to die now,” and made some want to dance to it. With Waxing Gibbous, he’s back at it, sitting morosely, like a poison spider, at the center of tweener-pink concoctions of pop, electro, folk and rock. And he’s so good at the bitter-sweet, happy-sad connection that it may take a spin or two before you hear much beyond good-time pop.
"Subset of the World" my favorite from Waxing Gibbous can be found towards the end of my august mix.