GRAVENHURST ANNOUNCE UK TOUR IN DECEMBER

GRAVENHURST ANNOUNCE UK TOUR IN DECEMBER

Gravenhurst has just announced his UK tour, commencing on December 4th.
Full details below.

GRAVENHURST PLAYS
‘FLASHLIGHT SEASONS’

Ten Year Anniversary Tour

To celebrate a decade of work on Warp Records, Gravenhurst announces a UK and European tour playing the album Flashlight Seasons in full.

The first release with Warp, 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.

For these special shows, Nick Talbot will be joined by Claire Adams and Rachel Lancaster, who form the regular Gravenhurst live band, to perform Flashlight Seasons in its entirely, followed by material picked from the other albums. Honing their sound over two years of touring and promoting The Ghost In Daylight, with their emphasis on three part vocal harmonies and subtle dynamics, the Gravenhurst Ensemble offer the opportunity to hear Flashlight Seasons for the first time performed in a manner truly befitting its unique production and haunting atmosphere.

You can stream / embed the first track from ‘Offerings: Lost Songs 2000 – 2004’ here –

Gravenhurst – The Citizen

 

20 Nov – VIENNA, Bluebird Festival
(tickets)
27 Nov – ROME, Chiesa Metodista (tickets) 28 Nov – RAVENNA, Bronson (tickets)
04 Dec – LEEDS, Belgrave Music Hall (tickets)
07 Dec – NEWCASTLE, Cluny (
tickets)
08 Dec – MANCHESTER, Gullivers (tickets)
09 Dec – LONDON, Scala (tickets)
10 Dec – BRISTOL, Fleece (tickets
)
25 Jan – MUNICH, Ampere (tickets)
26 Jan – STRASBOURG, Laiterie (tickets)

27 Jan – ZURICH, RockWoche Festival (on sale end Nov) 28 Jan – SCHORNDORF, Manufaktur (tickets)
29 Jan – MARBURG, KFZ (tickets)
30 Jan – MAINZ, Schonschon (tickets)

31 Jan – ESSEN, Grend (tickets)
02 Feb – MUNSTER, Gleis 22 (tickets)
03 Feb – HAMBURG, Rock Cafe (tickets)
04 Feb – DRESDEN, Beatpol (tickets)
05 Feb – BERLIN, Lido (tickets)
07 Feb – GENEVA, Antigel Festival (on sale end Nov)

The tour accompanies the reissue of the two classic albums, Flashlight Seasons and Black Holes In The Sand, and an additional new album: Offerings: Lost Songs 2000 – 2004, a compilation of unreleased material from that period. Released on 1st December 2014, the three albums will be pressed on vinyl accompanied with digital download codes and essays by Nick reflecting on this early material after a decade of progress. A triple CD release will comprise all three albums.

Gravenhurst – Bluebeard

Praise for original release of Flashlight Seasons:

“An album of ghostly modern folk beauty” ★★★★ Mojo
“Absolutely brilliant” 9/10 NME
“Sensational” The Sunday Times
“Sad and lovely. His melancholia echoes British eccentrics from Syd Barrett to Morrissey and precise production bring his angelic vocals and virtuoso guitar right up close.” The Daily Telegraph

“One of the best things I’ve discovered this year and I do want you to buy all his records.” The Sunday Telegraph “Jaw dropping” Time Out
“Gorgeous… The guiding light is Talbot’s voice which, despite his frequently savage lyrics, paints a world of luminous loveliness.” ★★★★ Metro

GRAVENHURST’s FLASHLIGHT SEASONS and BLACK HOLES IN THE SAND – Ten Year Anniversary Reissues, and exclusive additional album OFFERINGS: LOST SONGS 2000 – 2004

 

Releases to be followed by touring under the banner “Gravenhurst Plays Flashlight Seasons – Ten Year Anniversary Tour”. Dates to be announced soon.

RELEASED 1ST DECEMBER 2014 ON WARP RECORDS

THREE VINYL ALBUMS | TRIPLE CD | DIGITAL

This year Gravenhurst celebrates a decade of work on Warp Records with the reissue of two classic albums, Flashlight Seasons and Black Holes In The Sand, and an additional new album: Offerings: Lost Songs 2000 – 2004, a compilation of unreleased material from that period.

The first release with Warp, 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.

The three albums will be pressed on vinyl accompanied with digital download codes, essays by Nick reflecting on this early material after a decade of progress, and a limited run of hand-made and signed lino-cut prints which will be made available to the first 200 customers who buy all three albums on vinyl through Bleep.com. A triple CD release will comprise all three albums.

The release will be supported by extensive touring of the UK and Europe, to be billed as “Gravenhurst Plays Flashlight Seasons – Ten Year Anniversary Tour” where the Gravenhurst Ensemble (Nick Talbot, Claire Adams and Rachel Lancaster) will perform the album in its entirety followed by material picked from the other albums. Honing their sound over two years of touring and promoting The Ghost In Daylight, with their emphasis on three part vocal harmonies and subtle dynamics, the Gravenhurst Ensemble offer the opportunity to hear Flashlight Seasons for the first time performed in a manner truly befitting its unique production and haunting atmosphere.

Bio:

Over the last decade Nick has released five Gravenhurst albums on Warp Records, each different to the last, and each met with huge critical acclaim. 2012’s The Ghost In Daylight was supported by over a year of touring the UK and Europe with festival appearances including a headline slot at The End Of The Road. 2013 saw Nick collaborate with Mike Paradinas, providing lyrics and vocals for four songs on Love & Devotion, the debut album from the electronica producer’s new project Heterotic. Amidst continuing live performances and starting work on a new Gravenhurst album planned for release next year, 2013 also saw Nick begin regular journalistic contributions to the online music and arts site The Quietus, with highlights including exclusive interviews with the philosopher John Gray and the comic book legend Alan Moore.

TRACKLISTINGS:

FLASHLIGHT SEASONS

01  TUNNELS

02  FOG ROUND THE  FIGUREHEAD

03  I TURN MY FACE TO THE FOREST FLOOR

04  BLUEBEARD

05  THE DIVER

06  EAST OF THE CITY

07  DAMAGE

08  DAMAGE II

09  THE ICE TREE

10  HOPECHAPEL HILL

 

BLACK HOLES IN THE SAND

01  BLACK HOLES IN THE SAND

02  FLOWERS IN HER HAIR

03  STILL WATER

04  WINTER MOON

05  DIANE

06  FLASHLIGHT SEASONS

 

OFFERINGS: LOST SONGS 2000 – 2004

01  THE CITIZEN

02  ENTERTAINMENT (DEMO)

03  THE DIVER (DEMO)

04  WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM?

05  GAS MASK DAYS

06  ROMANCE

07  FOR ERIN

08  ABILENE / STILL WATER OUTRO

09  OFFERINGS

10  RETURN TO STAPLETON ROAD

Praise for original release of Flashlight Seasons:

“An album of ghostly modern folk beauty” ✰✰✰✰ Mojo

“Absolutely brilliant” 9/10 NME

“Sensational” The Sunday Times

“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

“One of the best things I’ve discovered this year and I do want you to buy all his records.”

The Sunday Telegraph

“Jaw dropping… Couching every lingering, plucked melody is an exciting muddle of modified electric guitars molested with bits of metal, bottlenecks and delay pedals; a prehistoric monosynth; squealing siren-like clarinets; backwards viola; and mangled piano.” Time Out

“Gorgeous… The guiding light is Talbot’s voice which, despite his frequently savage lyrics, paints a world of luminous loveliness.” ✰✰✰✰ Metro

 

Praise for original release of Black Holes In The Sand:

“Breathtaking in all senses” Q

“Throughout this absorbing follow-up to Flashlight Seasons, things keep taking you by surprise – an unsettling chord change, a wave of dread-inducing organ, a heart-quickeningly vivid lyric… Not to be listened to when alone” The Daily Telegraph

“Talbot has upped the game for all others” 8/10 NME

“The title track is an exquisite lament that swells over seven minutes into electric turbulence” Uncut

“An ambitious and deeply menacing record” The Word

“A beautifully chilly package” Music Week

 

Bleep pre-order links:

https://bleep.com/release/54707-gravenhurst-gravenhurst-re-issues-bundle

N.B. First 200 customers pre-ordering all 3 vinyl albums through Bleep get a linocut made by Nick Talbot, based on the Flashlight Seasons artwork

https://bleep.com/release/4207-gravenhurst-flashlight-seasons

https://bleep.com/release/1463-gravenhurst-black-holes-in-the-sand

https://bleep.com/release/54703-gravenhurst-lost-songs-2000-2004

https://bleep.com/release/54704-gravenhurst-flashlight-seasons-black-holes-in-the-sand-offerings-lost-songs-2000-2004

 

Gravenhurst Links:

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https://www.facebook.com/gravenhurst

Twitter.com/#!/nickgravenhurst

Policediversnotebook blog

This Is My Jam

https://soundcloud.com/gravenhurst

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