Meursault – A Fair Exchange (2010)
Winding out of Anstruther, on a post-Homegame Monday morning, and this comes on the stereo. Yes, there were tears.
A Fair Exchange is the closing track on Meursault‘s excellent second album, All Creatures Will Make Merry (Song By Toad), and it’s inspired, I think, by a story about a monk who loved his temple so much that he burned it to the ground, rather than watch it go to ruin. Edinburgh’s Neil Pennycook is an incredible singer and songwriter, and while he can belt out upbeat tracks with the best of them, this devastating lament remains one of my favourites.
“Some things take time; some things time will take…”
I may as well tell you, I’m banging my head off my laptop and bawling here.