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5.0 out of 5 stars 'And you won't know when evil comes', 12 May 2012
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This review is from: The Ghost In Daylight (Audio CD)
In recent years music seems to have become much more of a cottage industry, with so many bedrooms and basements inhabited by one man recording phenomena. They have also developed a penchant for recording under mythical band names. Meet Gravenhurst aka Nick Talbot, except that he does front a live band of that name and apparently uses a conventional studio. Nevertheless, he does nearly everything on record himself.

'The Ghost In Daylight' is a chilling, sombre, beautiful work with an atmosphere in keeping with the grey cover artwork, album title and even the artist name. It is for the most part a powerful welding of memorable acoustic guitar lines to synth soundscapes. 'Circadian' gives away the hypnotic nature of its rhythm, based on a steady rise and fall of percussion in tune with the guitar line that starts it off, topped off by an intense, repeated lyric.

'The Prize' is a tour de force, a track on which Talbot includes additional musicians, including a string section. Electric guitar gatecrashes an epic climax to a song that rues the sacrifices made in pursuit of a dream. The prowling, subdued 'Fitzrovia', based around a London district, and the spine tingling 'The Foundry' are also highlights.

There are three instrumentals among the ten tracks which, while creditable, confirm that Talbot is more effective in song. Two of these are quite short, but 'Islands' is substantial at eight minutes in length. It is worth its place on the album, but remains firmly in the slipstream of what German bands such as Kraftwerk and Cluster were doing in the late 1970s.

Even so, Gravenhurst's latest offering is an early contender for the 'best of 2012' lists.
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Initial post: 18 Jun 2012 20:56:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jun 2012 09:59:30 BDT
Observations are spot on, to the best of my knowledge. Excepting I might argue, and importantly, the message of the 'The Prize'. There is present a dissonance resolved only by an implied disposal of nostalgia.

p.s. Sorry I was drunk. We agree :)
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