Released: 16th July 2012
Label: Song, By Toad Records
Something For The Weakened is the third album by Meursault. The Edinburgh based band has taken a chance and changed up their sound for this record. Instead of the synths and samplers, Meursault has replaced them with orchestral instruments to give off a much more intricate and natural sound rather than the electronic sound they used to produce two albums.
This is a big change for Meursault and their fans, as this previous sound helped the band achieve critically acclaimed albums and helped build up their reputation, but Something For The Weakened is a beautiful listen. Each song is allowed to expand in its own pace, often resulting in four or five minute tracks. The instruments are allowed to introduce and blend themselves in with the others without any force, making everything sound incredibly natural. The way the tracks start off pretty much silent and end with an explosion of sound is always surprising. Vocals are a driving force and really inject emotion into the songs too; every lyric is a reason to stay hooked on to this record, as everything about it is wonderful.
It takes a lot of balls to replace synths with orchestral instruments in this current state of music where everything seems to have synths in it, but the result is ten songs that are simply breathtaking, and so delicately crafted that it seems more rewarding listening to something that’s so down to earth rather than mechanically built through a computer. The likes of Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra have proved in recent years that there is more to music than just samples and synths, and with the release of Something For The Weakened, it’s pretty easy to add Meursault to that list as well. Something For The Weakened will be released on July 16th via Song, By Toad Records.