Meursault – Something For The Weakened

Meursault – Something For The Weakened

July 16th sees the release of the third album from Edinburgh’s critically acclaimed Meursault – Something For The Weakened - through independent label Song, by Toad Records.  

In a marked progression from their previous efforts, Meursault have moved away from the more electronic based sounds that have gained them their formidable reputation, the band have embraced a far more organic and orchestrated approach on Something For The Weakened.  

Synths and samplers have been switched for piano and intricate string arrangements on the record, yet this evolution never compromises Meursault’s signature sound.  

With the addition of an electric guitar, a bass guitar and a drummer to the line up comes a more robust and forceful sound in comparison to the band’s earlier work, despite the sombre laments that are familiar to fans of Meursault.

The piano and string elements throughout, courtesy of Doherty and Harvey, have rendered this new collection of tracks striking and sumptuous.

One notable example is the stunning reworking of Lament For A Teenage Millionaire, a recording that appeared on the band’s breakthrough album Pissing on Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues.

However, Something For The Weakened is not short on big, pounding tracks either. Singles Flittin’ and Dull Sparks pack a punch with their all-encompassing soundscapes, and it is easy to see why they have fast become live favourites.  

To craft their latest album Meursault found themselves at Pumpkinfield Studios near Perth with cellist Pete Harvey at the helm for engineering duties; a marked change 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.

To coincide with the release of Something For The Weakened, Meursault will play an album launch gig at The Queen’s Hall in their hometown of Edinburgh on Saturday 7th July.