gravenhurst is the musical pseudonym of the english singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and journalist nick talbot, who lives in bristol, england and is signed to warp records.
while talbot began performing solo, since 1999 additional musicians have helped expand gravenhurst into a powerful live band, with drummer dave collingwood also contributing performance and production work to several recordings. from 2004 to 2006 gravenhurst performed as a trio with huw cooksley on bass guitar. on tour throughout 2007 and 2008, robin allender played bass, and alex wilkins played guitar. the release of the ghost in daylight in 2012 saw the formation of a new three-piece gravenhurst ensemble, featuring rachel lancaster on vocals, bass guitar and keyboards, and claire adams on vocals and percussion. talbot also performs solo with a guitar and phrase-sampling, looping and droning devices.
gravenhurst is described as dark and atmospheric, veering between the noisy shoegazing sound of guitar bands such as my bloody valentine, the harmony-laden singer-songwriter territory of simon and garfunkel, and the intricate fingerpicking guitar styles of bert jansch and nick drake. earlier releases were grounded in acoustic and folk styles, while fires in distant buildings made moves towards psychedelic rock. flying saucer attack, a cult bristol outfit who released a series of feedback-drenched, folk-inspired albums in the early 1990s, have been cited by talbot as a major influence.
in 2007, talbot did a take-away show acoustic video session shot by vincent moon.
a constant in the gravenhurst sound is talbot's fragile voice and vocal harmonies, intricate guitar work and unsettling and mysterious lyrical themes.
gravenhurst wrote and recorded original soundtrack music for the film ein freund von mir.
as well as the bespoke "song among the pine", the gravenhurst songs "animals", "the velvet cell" and "song from under the arches" feature prominently in the film. an instrumental version of the song "nicole" is featured in the acclaimed shane meadows film this is england. the song "black holes in the sand" is featured at the end of an episode of "the unit," entitled "johnny b. good."
gravenhurst has recorded cover versions of hüsker dü's "diane", "see my friends" by the kinks, "farewell, farewell" by fairport convention, "longest river" by war against sleep, "song to the siren" by tim buckley, "only a northern song" by the beatles, "human nature" by michael jackson, "paint a face" by neil halstead, "the tourist" by radiohead and "i found the f" by broadcast for the 2009 warp20 20th anniversary album.
talbot also played guitar on "changing of the seasons" and "borderline personality" from the second war against sleep album, invitation to the feast.