Tragically it has been announced that Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst has passed away aged just 37.
His record label Warp said, “We are shocked and saddened to share the news that Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst has passed away aged 37. An immensely talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and journalist, he will be hugely missed. Nick’s family and friends request privacy at this difficult time.”
Chris T Popper and I were lucky to see Gravenhurst play a sublime set at the Jericho Tavern a few years ago (a show also memorable for the support act, the spectacularly crap Pivot) and his most recent album The Ghost In Daylight was one of our favourites of 2012, featuring in our best of lists at the end of the year.
Put simply, Gravenhurst was one of those bands that made us want to start Mad Mackerel in the first place – an artist we wanted to be able to write about and to share – an artist that was crying out to be heard far more widely.
Criminally underrated, Nick Talbot was one of our favourite British songwriters – evocative, provocative, sinister and intelligent in equal measure. Like Jason Molina or Hiss Golden Messenger, Talbot had a way of conveying the most beautiful and the most profound with breathtaking economy – no waste, no filler, nothing that didn’t mean something. The haunting The Foundry remains one of our favourite songs, like a modern-day story from The Brothers Grimm played out over a backdrop of acoustics so startlingly beautiful that the sourness of the lyrics pack an even greater punch.
Most recently Warp had released a compilation of Gravenhurst tracks called Offerings: Lost Songs 2000-2004. An album that we were immensely looking forward to getting to know, but one that now comes tinged with great sadness that we have lost such a talent so young.
Download Gravenhurst – Only A Northern Song mp3 (from Yellow Submarine Resurfaces)