Announcing tenth anniversary reissues and additional album 'Offerings: Lost Songs 2000-2004'
The three albums are available to pre-order now, the first 200 customers pre-ordering all three vinyl albums through Bleep get a linocut made by Nick Talbot, based on the 'Flashlight Seasons' artwork.
Each LP will be accompanied by digital download codes and essays by Nick reflecting on the early material after a decade of progress. A triple CD release will comprise all three albums and is available here.
Offerings: Lost Songs 2000 - 2004
"Sad and lovely. His melancholia echoes British eccentrics from Syd Barrett to Morrissey and precise production brings his angelic vocals and virtuoso guitar right up close." - The Daily Telegraph
"Absolutely brilliant" - NME, 9/10
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Black Holes In The Sand
"The title track is an exquisite lament that swells over seven minutes into electric turbulence"Uncut
"Breathtaking in all senses"Q
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2004's 'Flashlight Seasons' quickly earned Gravenhurst a devoted fan base, consistently strong support from the music press, and cemented Nick Talbot's reputation as a unique talent, and one of the most original British singer-songwriters and producers of his generation.
'Flashlight Seasons' was quickly followed the same year by 'Black Holes In The Sand'. A mini-album half an hour in length and comprised of six songs, Nick regarded it as a set of clues to the sound of future Gravenhurst records. A noisier and more overtly lo-fi record of dark pastoral psychedelia, 'Black Holes In The Sand' firmly established an enduring Gravenhurst aesthetic: enigmatic lyrics, ghostly vocals and virtuoso finger-picked guitars against a backdrop of cinematic, shape-shifting, semi-conscious textures; subliminal transmissions from the surrounding landscape. For the last decade the title track has frequently featured as the show closer, with its sprawling second half ending the performance amidst a wall of quaking feedback, electronic pulsations and pounding ceremonial drums; a sonic evocation of the forces of nature.
These two records established Gravenhurst as a place; a place of revenants. Plotting a journey from the unquiet graves of the unjustly accused, through the dark temptations of the city to the ancient rituals of the forest, Gravenhurst is a musical treasure map of sigils and codes, where the earth itself has a message to convey.
The surprise new release, 'Offerings: Lost Songs 2000 - 2004', is a collection of previously unheard recordings which resulted from an archival search for extra material to accompany the reissues as digital downloads. The unexpected discoveries were however quickly deemed worthy of an exclusive release. Comprised of two early demos that differ from album versions in intriguing ways and eight previously unheard songs, the result is a carefully selected and coherent collection. 'The Citizen' contrasts a lyric of urban alienation with an early demonstration of Nick's mastery of acoustic minimalism, while the strong narrative arc of the title track 'Offerings' contains the earliest incarnation of a recurring Gravenhurst theme: the indifference of nature and the folly of the human urge to seek spiritual communion with its destructive power. One of four diverse instrumental tracks, 'Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?’ provides a hypnotic soundtrack to one of England's most unnerving unsolved crimes. Unable to recall recording some of these tracks, Nick describes the collection as a musical Mary Celeste; a vessel found captain-less and crew-less, with its cargo fully preserved after many years adrift.