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Western Lands

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An album by Gravenhurst

Their best album to date, blending the most beautiful vocal melodies with both folk & post rock guitar wonderment. Warp. 2007.

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Equals "Fires" in consistency of mood

  • Apr 8, 2008
I liked the previous CD, "Fires in Distant Buildings," most of all for its Kinks cover, "See My Friends," turned dirgelike and somber. This new CD also features an excellent cover, "Farewell, Farewell," which was movingly sung by Sandy Denny on "Liege & Lief" by Fairport Convention. Taking such songs from the end of the British pop 60s and thickening their textures with mood and gravity is what Nick Talbot, the main force behind this band, does well. Given his roots in his love of the "rural psychedelia" of Bristol's Flying Saucer Attack, his own move away from solo electronics into more organic sounds, integrating a richer array of instruments, accompanists, and influences, fits this record as it had "Fires."

I'd say the two records are equally appealing, if a rather reticent, internalized, and consciously self-effacing persona's what you're wanting to hear. Talbot handles the vocals and most of the instruments with assured control. This album moves about a British array of overcast, sultry, and brooding tones steadily.

Therefore, while this description may not appeal to every listener, if you're intrigued by the maturation of another wunderkind who's opening his ears and soul to earlier styles in the intelligent slightly folk, electronically enhanced, and definitely layered approach that many songwriters seem to master as they grow out of the limits of one genre, give this a listen.

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Western Lands
Label: Warp Records
Artist: Gravenhurst
Release Date: September 18, 2007

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