Gravenhurst - The Velvet Cell
Artist GravenhurstSong title The Velvet Cell
Fires in Distant Buildings
The New Album, 24th October
Multi-instrumentalist songwriter Nick Talbot exhibits a shark-like inability to stay still. Over the course of four albums the Gravenhurst moniker has charted the waters from bedroom melancholy, through acid-folk murder balladry and now, sprawling experimental rock music, suggesting influences as diverse as My Bloody Valentine, Slint, Richard Thompson and the Velvet Underground.
Recorded with drumming mainstay David Collingwood, the new album is a definitive statement that will challenge many people's conception of the band.
Complex, filmic arrangements 'Down River' keep company with literate, romantic song writing 'Nicole' and hypnotic, kraut-rock workouts 'The Velvet Cell', also released as a single. The whole 50-odd minutes is suffused with competing themes of violence and deliverance, paranoia and epiphany, squalor and ascendance, peaking with the horrifying 'Animals'.
Following the epic 'Song from Under the Arches' –a haunting exercise in restraint and ferocity- the album closes with a blistering appropriation of the Kinks 'See My Friends', drowning a three minute proto-psychedelic pop hit in a ten-minute sea of sonic chaos.
Previous Warp releases 'Flashlight Seasons' and 'Black Holes in the Sand' gained unanimous and glowing praise, whilst the broad sonic swathe of Gravenhurst's live band performances has found them billed alongside hushed Americana hero Sufjan Stevens, Bristol noise icon Mark Stewart and Japan's psychedelic journeymen Acid Mother's Temple. 2005 saw them play London's Camden Crawl, Bristol's Venn Festival, Barcelona's Primavera and Scopitone in France.
'Black Holes in the Sand':
"Breathtaking in all senses" **** Q Magazine
"Not to be listened to when alone" Daily Telegraph
"Talbot has upped the game for all others" 8/10 NME
"Absolutely brilliant" 8/10 NME
"Jaw dropping" Time Out
"An album of ghostly modern folk beauty" 4/5 MOJO