Introducing… Meursault

Jason Cleeton 2 February 2010

Who: Edinburgh six-piece led by singer/multi-instrumentalist Neil Pennycook

Genre:  A splice of lo-fi electronic and acoustic indie

Meursault (pronounced “Murr-so”) started life in 2006 as a solo-project of Neil Pennycook, writing and recording his first album Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues, before enlisting friends Chris Bryant, Fraser Calder and Calum MacLeod to take the songs on the road.

Having now swollen to a six-piece (with new members Pete Harvey and Phil Quirie), Meursault’s sound incorporates cellos, banjos, ukuleles and a strong electronic element. The end result is at times stark and stripped down, and at others thrillingly lush, and has garnered favourable reviews in the music press; last December’s release “William Henry Miller Parts One and Two” was awarded Single Of The Week by on-line music-zine Drowned In Sound.

The forthcoming release of Meursault’s second album is being supported by a tour in the Spring, with dates in London, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh, and additional dates across Europe. A collaborative release with Animal Magic Tricks and stalwart singer-songwriter King Creosote is also due.

Jason Cleeton