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Gravenhurst
The Ghost in Daylight - WARP
FILTER Grade: 81%

By Marty Sartini Garner on May 16, 2012

 

Gravenhurst

There are two colors to the English sky—“grey” and “night”—and on The Ghost in Daylight, Nick Talbot trains his eyes on the mesh where the two meet. Talbot’s fifth record as Gravenhurst finds the Bristol-based songwriter pushing together pastoral folk with pasted-on noise rock and nostalgic Britpop. Talbot is a master sequencer, brave enough to match finger-plucked acoustic ballads with eight minutes of shoe-wave, and what holds the album together isn’t so much the individual songs but a purposeful, ever-present murkiness. It’s there out front in the blurry instrumental “(Carousel Interlude),” and it implies itself gently in “The Foundry”’s rolling acoustic lines. The ambient material here further coaxes the melancholy from Talbot’s guitar, while the more traditional songs harden and materialize the free-floating malaise. Talbot’s a great craftsman—half a spin of Ghost proves that—but he’s at his most compelling when he’s sketching in the margins. 

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