One of 2008’s sleeper hits was the debut album from Edinburgh’s Meursault, released on the label offshoot of popular blog Song By Toad it was a flagship representation of the city’s burgeoning diy scene. Particularly given it’s very limited initial release the bands distinctive mixture of lo-fi acoustics, noisy electronics and heart wrenching vocals caused quite a stir, earning a slew of rave reviews. The follow up goes some way towards perfecting that same style and should almost certainly see them reach an even wider audience, I spoke to vocalist and primary songwriter Neil Pennycook to find out more about the new album All Creatures Will Make Merry.
Given the acclaim that Pissing on Bonfires/Kissing with Tongues attracted, did you feel any kind of increased pressure with this record?
I did feel a certain pressure but not necessarily because of the first record. I’ve always been of the opinion that a songwriter should treat themselves as their own audience. All I ever try to do is write what I would want to hear. So the only real pressure was from myself and what I expected of the songs.
What would you say are the main differences between this and the first album?
It’s a lot more positive than the first. With ‘Pissing on Bonfires’ I really wasn’t in the best frame of mind. It sounds to me like a really bitter/angry record, which isn’t to say that ‘All creatures…’ doesn’t have those elements, it’s just that I feel it’s a lot more focused.