Monday, September 24, 2012
I DON'T NORMALLY DO PLUGS....
But the thing is, a cracking new single is released today and I wanted to draw your attention to it.
The promotional blurb has this to say:-
Dull Spark is the second single to be taken from the critically acclaimed third album from Edinburgh’s Meursault – Something For The Weakened – and will be released on September 24th through independent label Song, by Toad Records.
Showcasing the more upbeat side of the band’s repertoire, Dull Spark makes great use of the band’s expert musicianship, incorporating chime-like syncopated piano phrases, luscious string arrangements and pounding drum beats, and contrasting with the gruff yet uplifting vocals of Neil Pennycook and the distorted riffs of the electric guitar.
Dull Spark is accompanied on the latest release by new track, A Mother’s Arms. Differing from the optimistic feel of the lead track, A Mother’s Arms encapsulates the sombre and melancholy doggedness that Meursault have come to be known for. The lavish strings and Pennycook’s poignant lyrics make for another heart wrenching, yet beautiful, number from Meursault.
Recorded at Pumpkinfield Studios near Perth with cellist Pete Harvey at the helm for engineering duties, Meursault found themselves in a very different environment from the recording process of their previous releases in borrowed bedrooms and living rooms.
Seasoned live performers, the band have played many summer festivals, including Glastonbury, End of the Road and Wickerman, as well as touring Europe with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. For a chance to catch Meursault’s mesmerising live show, keep an eye on their website: www.meursaultmusic.com/gigs
Dull Spark comes out on September 24th following on from the success of album, Something For The Weakened released in July, both through Song, By Toad Records.
Your humble scribe would just like to say that for once, there's no hype about the press release. These are two hugely enjoyable pieces of music which demonstrate everything that there is to like about the band. The single is damn catchy and foot-tapping and a great example of how to do indie/fol/rock without being irritating or smug while the b-side is a lovely and melodic ballad that again reminds you just how great a singer Neil Pennycook is.
The b-side is also something which would be the perfect accompaniment to a sad, tear-jerking scene in a movie - one where a letter containing tragic news has just been opened and read...the sort of scene even the blokes get teary and lumps in their throats. As the PR blurb says....it is heart wrenching but beautiful.
It's available on lovely red vinyl....and it comes with a wee card that gives you a free download....I know these things as I was lucky enough to be able to buy a copy of the single at the Meursault gig almost 6 weeks ago and I've been listening to A Mother's Arms a lot since then. It's easily become one of my favourite bits music in all of 2012. But you'll have to buy or download it for yourself....Matthew at Song By Toad Records has to make a living you know.
Here's the video for the single:-
And here's a live version the b-side as recorded some 18 months ago in Edinburgh.....this is great but not a patch on the recorded version:-
But I can't leave the posting without offering up some sort of mp3:-
mp3 : Meursault - Nothing Broke
One of their older songs from 2009.