If you listen to one thing this week…Make it Meursault

The blog’s been quiet. This is mainly due to manically busy times at life and work (running a festival press office), so I thought I’d spotlight something each week that shouldn’t be missed. I might not write very much – if I rush it I’ll be up nights worried about typos – but in any case the music speaks for itself.

Edinburgh’s Meursault are a phenomenal folktronica band, led by Neil Pennycook’s stunning voice – the kind you can’t ignore: it’s raw, charged and runs right into your bones. Their new album Something for the Weakened  is an absolute treasure, you can stream it all here.

Here’s the wonderful single Flittin’

Catch Meursault live at the one day Thistly Fest, near Dunbar, this Saturday, also featuring Remember Remember, Capitals, Woodenbox, Withered Hand and a session from Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison.

In other news I’m also loving the new Niki & The Dove album, Instinct, this is a standout track called The Drummer:

Plus I found a Bob Dylan song I didn’t know, Idiot Wind, which apparently is about his ex-wife selling their story to the papers. It’s scathing and angry, in a great way.

Check you later musos x

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Obsessive Habits…New Band of the Day

Right now I have really annoying obsession. I am literally fixated by the Guardian’s New Band of the Day feature. Fixated.

I’d heard of it before, but never really checked it out for some reason- WHAT an oversight. I stumbled across it properly before I reviewed Brooklyn ‘band of the moment’ Friends and noticed they had been featured a while ago – and they’re pretty good right? So I thought I’d take a look and see what else I might have missed. The thing is almost all of it is good. Really. I’m not lying. I even read the story of the chap who writes it all. He hasn’t had a holiday in forever.

I’ve only been through about thirty articles and there are over a thousand, but I feel like I might miss something really good if I don’t listen to everyone I haven’t heard of. Plus, of course, the new band each day. This could take a while…so in the meantime here are my current top picks

Blondes

Much of the best music comes out of Brooklyn, roll on in dance duo Blondes. There’s something about them I just LIKE.

Bluebell

She’s the daughter of late Monkee’s singer Davy Jones and I like her voice

Zeus

Hand me some alt-rock and funk it up a little, why thank you Canadian’s Zeus

Blood Diamonds

Found myself head bopping to this track, from Vancouver based artist Michael Diamonds