RM Hubbert better known as ‘Hubby’ is a guitarist and (sometimes) singer from Scotland. He writes music about love, death, friendship, mental illness and occasionally a dog called D Bone.
One of Glasgow's more prolific artists with an astonishing guitar style described as “mesmeric” and “utterly captivating”, RM Hubbert has released music under a variety of guises since 1993 and his terrific recorded output has not gone unnoticed winning him many awards and sold out gigs.
It was El Hombre Trajeado's triptych of albums released between 1997 and 2005 that really put Hubbert on the musical map, earning swathes of critical acclaim, three Peel Sessions and support slots with the likes of Sebadoh, Tortoise, Nick Cave, Deerhoof, Mùm, Mike Watt and The Delgados. Following El Hombre Trajeado's demise, guitarist Hubbert took a break from playing live and began studying a host of different musical forms before returning to the scene in 2008 and self releasing his debut solo album First & Last, in 2010. The album's nine instrumentals skilfully blended elements of flamenco and samba with contemporary melodies to create a truly unique, understated record informed by traumatic events in his life resulted in album of such beauty is testament not only to Hubbert's technical prowess as a guitarist but, perhaps more importantly, his considered and subtle strengths as a composer.
The second album, Thirteen Lost & Found was released in January 2012. Produced by long-time friend Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) the album features collaborations with some very special artists including Hanna Tuulikki, Emma Pollock, Luke Sutherland , Aidan Moffat , Alex Kapranos and Alasdair Roberts amongst others. It won the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award.
September 2014 saw the release of Ampersand Extras; A collection of rarities, b-sides and unreleased pieces taken from the sessions for the previous three albums.
Telling The Trees in 2016 saw Hubbert return to the collaborative format. Intended as a mirror image to ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’, the album features 11 brand new collaborations with Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Rachel Grimes (Rachel’s), Kathryn Williams, Helen Marnie (Ladytron), Kathryn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Martha Ffion, Aby Vulliamy, Anneke Kampman (Conquering Animal Sound), Sarah J Stanley (HQFU) and Anneliese Mackintosh with further contributions from Barry Burns (Mogwai) and Jim Eno (Spoon). It was composed entirely remotely via the Internet, with Hubbert having never met many of the collaborators with the intent of Hubbert being able to remove himself from the writing process to a high degree so as to allow for as unfiltered a response to his initial pieces of music as possible. Telling The Trees was shortlisted for the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year Award.
Here Lies The Body, 2018 is Hubbert’s first full length collaboration with a single artist, namely fellow SAY Award winning and erstwhile member of Arab Strap, Aidan Moffat. The resulting album is a beautiful study in sex and death, centred around the beginning and consequent ending of an affair. Siobhan Wilson provides vocals and cello throughout and Rachel Grimes makes a welcome return with another song co-written with Hubbert and Moffat
Technically dazzling and deeply moving - Uncut (4/5)