the 9/18 new releases...gravenhurst...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 18, 2007 10:46pm | Post a Comment
I have been wanting to talk about this new album from Gravenhurst for over a month now. It seems like it has taken forever for this album to come out. The album is brilliant and I have been obsessed with it ever since I first heard it. I really liked their last album "Fires in Distant Buildings" from 2005. But this new one is so much better. It is called "Western Lands" and it comes out today. I don't even know where to begin. I just want everyone to go out and buy it and love it. Gravenhurst comes from that great country that I love so much. They are from Bristol, England and have been putting out albums since 2001. But it seems they have been a bit secretive about it. I didn't really hear about them until 2005 when they released an album on Warp Records. The album is really easy to get addicted to. So I would just like to warn you to be ready for that.

Gravenhurst are great because they are one of those bands that sort of combines lots of different genres and styles into one brilliant style that is all their own. It is like they have taken bits and pieces of all my favorite bands and put them into one brilliant album. They are very dreamy and ethereal but also very accessible. They really combine a lot of shoegaze style music with a more folky musical style. Imagine Elliott Smith combined with My Bloody Valentine. Nick Drake with Joy Division. Flying Saucer Attack with Piano Magic. Pale Saints with Pentangle. It really is something magical. They released "Trust" as the first single from the new album. But I am not really sure why. The second single will be "Hollow Men," which is so much better. It reminds me of some song from My Bloody Valentine's album "Isn't Anything." It really is that good. It is virtually impossible for anybody to not like this song. It is very catchy. But not in any normal pop song kind of way. It's also a nice little video.

The band is led by singer and guitarist Nick Talbot. He is joined by Dave Collingwood on drums, Robin Allender on bass, synths and back up vocals, and Alex Wilkins on guitar. Gravenhurst has recently played some shows with both Animal Collective and Explosions in the Sky. They are on a tour of England and Europe for the next couple months. No dates yet in San Francisco. But they have to come see us at some point. They are one of those bands that I absolutely need to see live.

Also out today...

"Love Is Simple" by Akron/Family

"Bitchin'" by The Donnas

"Once Upon A Time In the West" by Hard-Fi

"Death Is This Communion" by High On Fire

"Trees Outside the Academy" by Thurston Moore

"Asleep at Heaven's Gate" by Rogue Wave

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