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“No Knock at the Door”

By Meursault

Written, performed, and recorded by Neil Pennycook. Copyright ©2011 Meursault
 

Edinburgh, Scotland–based band Meursault is led by songwriter Neil Pennycook, who is joined by Fraser Calder, Calum Macleod, Phillip Quirie, Pete Harvey, and Gavin Tarling. The band has released two acclaimed albums and one EP on Song, By Toad Records: Pissing on Bonfires / Kissing with Tongues (2008), Nothing Broke (2009), and All Creatures Will Make Merry (2010).

Esopus 17 (Fall 2011)
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Esopus CD #17: Fear Itself

After our readers submitted their most intense irrational fears for our fifth subscriber invitational, we invited 13 musicians to select one fear to use as inspiration for a new song for this issue’s CD. Some of the tracks convey these phobias with absolute gravity: For instance, Edinburgh-based band Meursault delivers a haunting and heartbreaking take on Wendy Cohen’s anxiety about dropping dead on the street and leaving loved ones behind (“No Knock at the Door”). But there are lighter approaches, too, like Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt’s “Spew,” a raucous number inspired by Dave Miranda’s fear of vomiting in public. Whether serious or comic, sad or buoyant, all of these wonderful songs prove that fear is as rich and potent a source of musical inspiration as any other human emotion.

TRACK LIST

 
01
Meursault
No Knock at the Door
 
02
Sage Redman
I Used to Go Out
 
03
Old Clump
Harbinger
 
04
We Are Augustines
This Ain't Me
 
05
David Bazan, Will Johnson, Bubba Kadane, Matt Kadane
Redback Strike
 
06
Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt
Spew
 
07
Mark David Ashworth & Muralismo
A Matter of Scale
 
08
The Sweetback Sisters
Basement
 
09
Corey Dargel
Mr. No Regrets
 
10
Bishop Allen
Buttons
 
11
Gillian Rivers
Save the Day
 
12
Captain Ahab
I Want the Music
 
13
Darshan Jesrani
Ōhelo