Named after the protagonist of Camus’ novel L’Etranger, Meursault is a creative offspring of Edinburgh’s champion of “epic lo-fi” Neil Pennycook. “It isn’t really a band, more a solo project with a revolving cast of friends/musicians,” says Pennycook. “It all began around 2006/7. After writing a set of songs and playing some shows on my own, I started to piece together a group of musicians to help fill out the sound.” Then came a chance gig meeting with Matthew Young, the man behind Song, By Toad, the label that has been Neil’s home since 2008.
Between 2008 and 2013 Meursault made appearances at major music festivals (SXSW, Glastonbury, T in the Park, End of the Road) and received critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Drowned in Sound, The Skinny and The Line of Best Fit. In 2013, Meursault’s third album, Something for the Weakened, was nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award. After a break of three years performing under the moniker of Supermoon, Neil Pennycook came back to Meursault with an EP Simple is Good, released on Song, By Toad in November 2016.
On Meursault’s long-awaited return Neil Pennycook said:
“I started writing I Will Kill Again four years ago. It was initially intended to be a direct follow up to Something for the Weakened, to be played as a straight-up rock album. That record never got made, the live band dissolved and I started to play solo under the name Supermoon. In this time the arrangements changed and evolved. In most cases, the songs became unrecognisable from their previous incarnations, but the lyrics and themes remained. The title reflects the theme of the album. Loosely, it’s about the idea of villainy within a narrative and people’s willingness to portray themselves as antagonists within their own story. The suggested narrative of the album is told from the point of view of two central characters: a cliched struggling writer (we’ll call him William) and a ghost (Sarah).”
I Will Kill Again is released on Song, By Toad on 27th February 2017.