Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Album release day


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ALBUM RELEASE DAY * THE PRIZE VIDEO * MORE LIVE DATES CONFIRMED * LAUREN LAVERNE SESSION – LISTEN AGAIN * REVIEWS * UPDATES AND REMINDERS * DEAD MAGICIAN * ROTTING WIG * SHERRY AND POPPERS
NEW ALBUM 'THE GHOST IN DAYLIGHT' OUT WORLDWIDE TODAY ON WARP RECORDS
So today is the big day – album release day. And what better way to celebrate the release of The Ghost In Daylight than to go out and buy it. It's available on gatefold CD, gatefold vinyl (with download code), and digital download. I personally believe that it is best appreciated sat in front of a strobe light in a windowless room accompanied by a glass of cheap sherry and a bottle of amyl nitrate.
Available worldwide from all good stores. Here's a brief selection of purchase links:
Rise, Piccadilly, Bleep, iTunes, Amazon
There has been some rather nice press coverage, with my personal favourite being “It's a real grave fave!” 8/10 - The Daily Star. Here is a selection of quotes.
"Warp's unsung genius delivers (a) mellow masterpiece... evocative of Nick Drake's understated English melancholia and the lush, moody atmospherics of late-'70s Brian Eno. An exquisite, unexpected gem" - Q ★★★★
“Terrific, understated songs with a church-like serenity... Talbot is one of music's best kept secrets” - The Guardian ★★★★
"A special album" - Stool Pigeon ★★★★
"Stunning" - Artrocker ★★★★★
“Seriously wonderful” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
"Possibly Britain's most underrated singer/songwriter" - Telegraph ★★★★
“A truly unsettling heart of darkness...Talbot has created a uniquely potent blend of icy chill and soothing balm, and with it that rarest of things: totally cliché-dodging songwriting” - The Line Of Best Fit
"The Ghost in Daylight is a memory-haunted journey through the dead voices and deep narratives of Englands lost - broadside ballads culled from earth and air" - Mojo
"Il mêle à l’extrême délicatesse de ses compositions acoustiques dignes des grands maîtres du passé quelques touches électriques et électroniques qui contribuent à les transfigurer. Tout ici respire l’équilibre et la cohérence." - Magic 5/6
"Nick Drake trifft My Bloody Valentine, Simon & Garfunkel treffen Brian Eno – Talbot hat eine sehr gute Platte gemacht." - Rolling Stone 4/5
“A masterclass in restraint and subtlety... songs initially appear to be gentle, rueful folk ballads on cursory listen but a decent pair of headphones reveals deep pools of shimmering reverb and a submarine world of echo. These are still audio waters containing complex depths worth diving into, revisiting, pondering over, dwelling over, dwelling in.” - The Quietus
The Quietus review, written by John Doran is worth reading in full. You can do that here:
Mr. Doran is an exceptionally good writer, and because of his analytical skills and the depths they take him to, the result is a review that was rather difficult to pull pithy quotes from. It was written to be digested, not dissected.
NEW LONDON DATE - CECIL SHARP HOUSE
Plus new France show added
The historic Cecil Sharp House in London will be the venue for this show on Wednesday 26th September, which we have added because the St.Pancras Old Church and Lexington gigs sold out so quickly. This is our biggest UK headline show to date, and like all future shows, unless otherwise stated, this will be a Gravenhurst Ensemble show, consisting of me, Rachel Lancaster and Claire Adams. Tickets on sale now
We've added a date in Toulouse after a band contacted us through Facebook and requested our presence in their great city. Monday 28 May at Saint de Seins, Toulouse.
Full list of live dates and ticket links here
THE PRIZE 10"
There are a few copies left of the limited white and silver marbled 10” of The Prize. You can buy them from Bleep, Rough Trade, or Rise
The Prize is backed with a cover of Tim Buckley's Song To The Siren, which features a Cor Anglais solo played through a ventilation shaft above a sonic drum used to vibrate chicken carcasses, producing mechanically recovered meat for tasty pies, pasties and dog food. Which naturally brings us to...
THE PRIZE VIDEO
Director Jenny Coan's bewitching video for The Prize was premièred on the Arts Desk website where you can read a write up about it that I wrote (how about that for an elegant compound sentence):
www.theartsdesk.com/new-music/gravenhurst-interview-video-exclusive
Also available on YouTube
LAUREN LAVERNE SESSION
The New Gravenhurst Ensemble played live on the Lauren Laverne show on BBC 6 Music on Wednesday 25th of this month. “The Ghost Of Saint Paul” and “The Prize” were performed live and “The Foundry” was pre-recorded for broadcast later, possibly on another show; we are trying to track this down at the moment. You can listen again here.
Yours sincerely,
Nicholas Talbot

3 comments:

Microprosopus said...

Unit for unit you may find cut-price sherry is easier to keep down in the morning than Special Brew or Tennants Super. Also it is easier to dip an unlit cig in the poppers and then drag on that rather than fucking around with that little brown bottle. Also did you know that Jeremy Bamber is now on Twitter?

Nick Talbot said...

Bamber - what a legend. No doubt the scourge of hypocrites and despots everywhere, watching the watchmen, holding to account those who so arrogantly assume the reins of power and have us call them Leader.

Have I got the wrong Bamber? Oh, you mean the one who shot his parents and siblings in the head then tried to make it look like suicide. Yeah, not so hot.

With you on the sherry.

stefan said...

I just want to say that I love this album. I love all your albums. This one keeps getting better. I hope to hear so much more.