Esopus CD #17: Fear Itself

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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.

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Meursault
No Knock at the Door
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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).

PLAYLIST
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Meursault
No Knock at the Door
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Sage Redman
I Used to Go Out
03
Old Clump
Harbinger
04
We Are Augustines
This Ain't Me
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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
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