After taking several years away from their craft, Meursault are announcing their return with the EP ‘Simple Is Good’, a release in the run up to their next album due out in February. The release is definitely patchwork, with Neil Pennycook describing it as a “collection of short stories”, yet it’s not too patchwork so as to sound jarring and confused.
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The release sinks into your brain over time, making more sense the more you listen to it. From the strangely familiar title-track ‘Simple Is Good’ with twinkling piano and a cathartic repetition to ‘Albeit Barely”s dreamy guitar and morose lyrics – “what an ugly child, what a time to be alive, albeit barely” – which comes in at just over a minute long, each track stands up on its own whilst slotting into the overall sound of the release.
‘Simple Is Good’ stays true to that philosophy: nothing is overgrown or muddy, and clarity is present throughout. Mid-way through the EP ‘The Fix Is In’ shakes things up a bit, sounding harsh and clamorous amongst the other tracks, serving to release the mood from becoming too melancholic.
Though ‘Simple Is Good’ sounds buoyant in places, the tone of the release is weighed down by a feeling of overwhelming doom and unavoidably so, as Pennycook asks questions that most people don’t have the answer to. His blunt and honest lyrics serve to make the listener think, turning the release into something more than good music.
A great listen that will have you explore and reflect on yourself, Meursault‘s return to music is certainly not a disappointment as they bring back elements that make their music so loved but ensuring they don’t sound stale in the process. We can only look forward to the release of their next LP ‘I Will Kill Again’.