Gravenhurst – ‘The Ghost In Daylight’

Bittersweet with his signature spook

Nick Talbot, aka Gravenhurst, is not a guy for parties. Buzzkill subjects abound on his fourth record: the emptiness of the past; photos of murdered girls; the catastrophically high price of Big Macs. OK, perhaps not the last one, but Talbot could ruminate on that and still make it sound like

a bittersweet trip to your ruined hometown with his signature spook. Much of this record plays like a tribute to ’90s miserabilists Red House Painters, all phantom-like reverb over misleadingly comforting folk tropes. Meandering drum machine excursion ‘Islands’ changes things up, but the soaring orchestral climax of ‘The Prize’ is the clear highlight.

Thom Gibbs

Details

Director: Nick Talbot
Record label: Warp
Release date: 30 Apr, 2012