Meursault are back.

Meursault (led by Neil Pennycook), is returning. It seems as if Pennycook has been off doing various other ventures over the last couple of years, but now he’s focusing his attentions on Meursault. There’s an EP release on the horizon and the new album is going to coming out in early 2017 so keep your eyes peeled. More info from Song, by Toad.

Below is the title track from the upcoming EP, and it’s great.

Where are all the lists?

It is list season, yet there don’t seem to be any lists here on Acquired Taste. I am well aware of this. So, what am I doing? The problem is that I dropped out of the blogging game for the majority of this year and have only really started getting back into it in the last couple of weeks. Now I’m really enjoying it (I think this may partly be due to the fact that it’s distracting me from doing all the other work that NEEDS to be done) and am planning to keep it going for as long as possible.

The reason I dropped out of doing it was because I used to do two weekly supplements (I can’t think of what else to call them), the Saturday Selection and my list of gigs in London for each week. Unfortunately after a while these just became a bit of a chore. Now I know I could have just stopped doing them, but I went on holiday for a couple of weeks and one thing led to another and I ended up just forgetting about it.

So this all means that I haven’t been paying much attention to music up until recently when I restarted it. For this reason I don’t feel that I can really comment broadly on what’s happened in the music world this year. Therefore my plan is to give you a couple of my favourite albums and singles/EPs of the past fortnight (or stuff that I’ve been picked up on throughout the year).

In no particular order…

Singles / EPs

Heart Heart – Withered Hand

I heard this a long time ago (back in April I think) but it’s stuck with me through the year. I also managed to see a gig by Withered Hand recently in London where he was supporting Meursault and having never heard him speak before was a tad shocked. I soon recovered because the music, of course, is fantastic (and I’m not saying his speaking voice isn’t).

 

Hermit EP – Randolph’s Leap

This one I only found out about due to the Blog Sound of 2013 and I’ve already ranted about them a bit.

 

The Mother We Share – Chvrches

Exactly the same as the reason for Randolph’s Leap. *

Albums

Something for the Weakened – Meursault

This is probably tied with ∆’s An Awesome Wave for my favourite album of the year. The sound has just filled out so much since their earlier music although I still miss the days of Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues. Ah to reminisce.

 

Gossamer – Passion Pit

I’ve only heard this in the past couple of weeks but the music is so upbeat that I enjoy listening to it when I’m travelling a lot of the time. This may however wear out but for now it’s made a top spot.

 

An Awesome Wave – ∆

I may be a bit biased on this one so you can read about it there.

 

And there we have it, my lists for this year. I suppose about this time next week I’ll be doing the New Year’s playlist. Watch this space.

*I almost put ditto here but thought better of it.

Live in London – 22nd – 28th March

[NOTE: If a gig is sold out at the time of  posting it will not appear below.]

Doesn’t look like much I know, but there is quite a lot of stuff on this week, including Willy Mason, The Shins and Los Campesinos!. Alas, they are all sold out, here’s what’s left…

WHO?       MEURSAULT + NEVEREST SONGS
WHEN?    Tuesday 27th March
WHERE?  The Old Blue Last

A night hosted by God Don’t Like It at The Old Blue Last. I saw Meursault a few months ago at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen and they were excellent, even though I was a bit disappointed they didn’t play many of their old songs.

Meursault – Crank Resolutions

WHO?       KAP BAMBINO + CRYSTAL FIGHTERS
WHEN?    Wednesday 28th March
WHERE?  The Macbeth

Again, I’d go for the support. Saw Crystal Fighters supporting Foals a year or so ago and they were a great find. Look out for them with their “Alternative dance, Electronic, Folk, Indie, Folktronica” (Wiki). I know right, but more fitting than you might think.

Crystal Fighters – Swallow