The Glad Cafe & Song, by Toad presents:
BBC 6 Music Festival Fringe: Meursault Album Launch
Meursault + Jonnie Common + Siobhan Wilson
Entry Requirements: Over 18s only
The BBC 6 Music Festival is taking place in Glasgow this year! A fringe festival will run in the lead up to the festival proper and we're delighted to be programming some shows alongside some of our friends!
Tonight, alongside our friends at Song, by Toad Records, we're excited to present the Glasgow launch of Meursault's new album "I Will Kill Again" which God is in the TV have called their "...most accessible album yet, without compromising what made them so special in the first place" and awarded it a 9/10 rating.
Support comes from fellow Song, by Toad family members Jonnie Common and newest of all, Siobhan Wilson!
Edinburgh's Neil Pennycook began writing and performing as Meursault in 2008. His first record 'Pissing on Bonfires/Kissing with Tongues' received a great deal of praise from a host of pundits and his subsequent releases have been equally well received, leading to tours in mainstream Europe, Russia and the States, as well as slots at prominent festivals, including Glastonbury, T in the Park, End of the Road and more. 2017 has already seen the release of the 'Simple is Good' EP which is already receiving glowing reviews ahead of this album release.
"Jonnie Common makes some of the strangest noises ever to be combined into such catchy, digestible pop songs.
His first album Master of None came out on the awesome Manchester-based imprint Red Deer Club in 2011, and its combination of pathos, humour and charm made it a firm favourite, particularly amongst the Scottish underground music scene.
I suppose you’d have to call this stuff electronic pop, and while a lot of the music he makes has some very strange elements, the end result tends to be eminently listenable, infectious music.
His 2014 album, Trapped in Amber out on Song, by Toad Records is perhaps less of a collection of breezy pop tunes than its predecessor, but I think it ends up actually feeling like a better overall album. It holds together more as a single, coherent piece of work, and with the more experimental stuff coming to the fore the sparkling pop moments actually end up standing out more this time around.
In 2016, Jonnie released Kitchen Sync; an ambient album made solely of sounds from his kitchen.
For a meticulous crafstman like Jonnie I am always amazed at how loose and relaxed his music sounds, and for someone who peppers his lyrics with wit and fun, it’s amazing how heartbreaking he can be, often when you least expect it. Try contrasting the lightness of Shark and Crumbs with the horrible sadness of So and So and the melancholic regret of Figurehead, for example.
It makes for music which sounds light and fun, but actually has far more depth than that, meaning that even once you get past the simple enjoyment of the hummable stuff, there is still a hell of a lot more here to enjoy." Song, by Toad.
“I love this record’ – Lauren Laverne (6 Music) “Skewed-pop amble … a lo-fi electro-folk wonder” – The List “understated cooing over the minutiae of every day life … transformed into bouncing astral straddling ditties” – Drowned In Sound
Siobhan Wilson has been making waves on the indie-folk scene for a couple of years having played to packed venues such as Edinburgh’s Queens Hall and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, played several major festivals (Cambridge Folk Festival, Wickerman, Belladrum, Celtic Connections), and supported the likes of Ben E King, Justin Currie, Eddie Reader, Sophie Ellis Bextor, and Idlewild.
“Smooth, controlled and yet passionate voice; personal, touching lyrics; and swoonsome, jazz-inflected melodies in abundance.” Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland
“We played this very track on Monday and, to be honest, the reaction to it was huge. Her voice, that instrumentation, those melodies!” Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Blog