Meursault - Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues

After a spin of this sublime record only one word will pass your lips: Magnificent.

Album Review by Billy Hamilton | 02 Dec 2008
  • Meursault - Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues
Album title: Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues
Artist: Meursault
Label: Song, By Toad
Release date: 15 Dec

Much like the vino of their French regional namesake, Edinburgh's Meursault have been on a lot of lips recently. So, after establishing a fervent following with a string of spellbinding live shows over the past six months, the quartet's decision to give their debut long-player Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues another push via Edinburgh indie label Song, By Toad couldn't have been better timed. Knee-deep in folkish narratives, rousing numbers The Furnace and Lament For a Teenage Millionaire are transformed into rapacious tidal waves by the gnarling tectonic plates of electronica that underpin them. A Few Kind Words is an aural minefield and the record's immediate stand-out, laced with bombastic percussion and the screeching banshee wail of frontman Neil Pennycook. Yet, as time flies, it's gentle cutlet A Small Stretch Of Land that springs to the fore: a tortured, weeping lament bound by introspection. Make no mistake, after a spin of this sublime record only one word will pass your lips: magnificent. [Billy Hamilton]

http://ww.myspace.com/meursaulta701