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The Ghost in Daylight

Gravenhurst

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It feels like it’s been eons since the last Gravenhurst outing, but a mere five years have passed since 2007’s brooding and beautiful The Western Lands. On The Ghost in Daylight, Nick Talbot’s dark storytelling takes a fairly homogenous tone, much like a Mark Kozelek or Bon Iver record does. The pace and timbre are set by the first track—on “Circadian,” brushed snares and cymbals, Talbot’s hushed singing, and acoustic fingerpicking are set over pillowy washes of murmuring synths. Settle in for a finely nuanced musical excursion that takes its time to unravel. The airy, pop-flavored “The Prize,” two intriguing, cinematic instrumentals (“Peacock” and “Carousel”), and the icy, chillwave-influenced “Islands” are full of small surprises and great rewards. There are downright scary moments, too, as when Talbot gently warns “Evil looks just like anyone” on the industrial-bookended track “The Foundry,” or when he almost sweetly narrates a horrific arson scene on “Three Fires,” a tune that gurgles along like a spring brook. Is this guy okay? We don’t know, but he sure makes ghastly, gorgeous music.

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Brooding & melancholic, just the way I like it

Perfect for headphones and a walk on a country road as the summer turns to fall. If you like the quiet elegance of Bon Iver or Iron & Wine, the diaphonous atmospherics of shoegazer bands, and the folkier/lo-fi stylings of some of the older 4AD groups this will probably appeal to you.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Making music equally inspired by the British folk of Fairport Convention and Bert Jansch and the volatile, textural rock of My Bloody Valentine, Gravenhurst is the brainchild of singer/multi-instrumentalist Nick Talbot. In the mid-'90s, Talbot was so taken with the dream pop movement that he moved to Bristol, home to some of the style's most visionary bands, including Third Eye Foundation and Flying Saucer Attack. His own band, Assembly Communications, mined a similarly experimental, ethereal vein...
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