Sat 08 Dec 2012
probably the best album Ive heard all year
The Sunday Telegraph (on Fires in Distant Buildings)
Notice it now, or wait until people start hailing it as a lost classic in a decade’s time.
NME(on The Western Lands)
Quite extraordinary * * * *
Breathtaking in all senses * * * *
Jaw dropping Time Out
Gravenhurst is a vehicle for the music of the singer-songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, Nick Talbot, who lives in Bristol, England and is signed to Warp Records.
Gravenhurst has been described as dark and highly 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. ?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.
Mary Epworth is a singer and songwriter who makes music influenced by traditional English song, 60s west coast Psychedelia, and Greek Progressive Rock.
Read an interview with Mary about her critically acclaimed album here
The album has the transporting quality of a good novel. * * * * *
Spell-binding and beautiful… Simply wonderful.
Successfully merges folksy surrealism with a slightly demented pop heart
BBC 6 MUSIC – ALBUM OF THE DAY
Psych pop splendour… Experimentalism, melody and narrative co-existing in appealing balance.
Mary Epworth makes glorious, enchanted folk pop… Her new album is as varied a nosegay as you could wish for.
STUART MACONIE, SUNDAY TIMES
Ed Wood Jr. is an experimental math rock duo from Lille, France. The band features Olivier Desmulliez on guitar and vocals, and Thibault Doutriaux on drums. They released their first 5-track EP in April 2008.