Meursault – By Gaslight
Louder than War have a listen to more indie rock loveliness from Scotland’s Song, By Toad records courtesy of Meursalt.
Meursault is the creative offspring of Edinburgh’s Neil Pennycook. Formed in 2006 and having so far released four studio albums, (with a new LP due out in February 2017), they have returned with a new EP Simple is Good. Released in November 2016, ‘By Gaslight’ is one of the latest releases off the EP from this fascinating band.
Starting off with gentle piano, then harmonica, organ and then chugs of distorted guitar, ‘By Gaslight’ has a slow burning build up that immediately you know you are in for something special. This leads into a very insistent drum beat and bass throb that pulls all the noise together. Oh and there is violin added into the mix too.
The vocals come in with Pennycook’s beautiful Scottish lilt sounding like they are being sung through a traffic cone discarded by a pissed up student. This combines gorgeously with the music and seeing all the elements come together ‘live’ with the video showing them playing live in a rehearsal room, you can see the visceral effect that this band must have live.
The instrumentation builds up and up and the noise they make is very uplifting. Conversely, Pennycook says about the track “There is a certain brutal directness to it. It’s not about nice things. It’s all in a minor key. There’s no getting away from it.” which surprises as the final effect is a delicious affair that comes to quite a euphoric climax. Just lovely stuff.