Having collaborated with guitarist Stevie Jackson on a host of Belle & Sebastian songs and on Jackson’s debut solo album, (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson, Edinburgh-born Roy Moller recently released his second l.p., Playing Songs No One’s Listening To, on Ottawa label The Beautiful Music. The album was described by pennyblackmusic As “Fantastic Sixties-influenced Americana”. Regular airplay on BBC6 Music’s Marc Riley show lead to a session for Roy on the programme, Riley enthusiastically describing the session as “really really great” and Moller as “Scotland’s best-kept secret”.
Moller is a former member of Meth O.D. and instrumental outfit The Wow Kafe, whose debut single Who Will Apologise To The Emperor features him on lead guitar and was described by the NME as “utterly ace”.
Moller released his first solo single, Maximum Smile, on the German label Felicite in 2003.He followed this up in 2005 with the Second City Firsts, a six-song polycarbonate lathe-cut record on Heliotone, and the Fermez La Bouche maxi-single on Pickled Egg. Debut album Speak When I’m Spoken To, was released in December 2006 on Book Club Records to widespread critical acclaim, including a coveted 11/11 from IndiePages.
Since 2006, Roy has been collaborating with Jackson and former Astrid drummer/songwriter Gary Thom as The Company, resulting in a number of songs subsequently recorded by Moller and Jackson.Two tracks by The Company Presents Roy Moller appear on Indietracks compilations and a third, the glam rocker Join The Dots, features on the Searching for The Now Vol. 1 split single released by Slumberland in 2007.
Roy’s forthcoming third album, The Singing's Getting Better (Mecca Holding Company) is a collaboration with Northern Irish multi-instrumentalist Sporting Hero who, in addition to releasing the acclaimed Calendar e.p. on Switchflicker Records, collaborated with Roy on Speak When I’m Spoken To (most notably on the track Baby Look No Further). Hero is also guitarist and pianist with The Parsonage Choir.