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Gravenhurst
Flashlight Seasons
Warp Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Ah, yes. The myth of the melancholy artist - upon whose spirit the anguish and woes of the world weigh upon - the sad souls among us that see the world with a discerning eye. To be eternally miserable is one thing, but sometimes we must realize that our lives are composed of both gloomy and garish, the point being that life wouldn't be as vivid without both the sad and the lush bits. So then why not revel in the heartrending moments - the instants that help define who we are?

After much label jumping over the course of its existence, Nick Talbot's second effort lands a re-release on a divergent limb for the eminent Warp Records. I could purport the press release mantra of his influences including Nick Drake, The Smiths, Shellac, Velvet Underground, Joy Division and Leonard Cohen, but I don't much believe in name dropping. Flashlight Seasons is a layered acoustic rock album, all its own, right from the outset.

Talbot gently creates vivid landscapes that are both contrived and yet laced with a subtly honesty. Gorgeous moments reveal earnest reminiscence through a voice that is equally floating and despondent. The vocal timbre echoes a humbling core, reflecting the lyrical ambitions of the album very well.

In the opening track, "Tunnels," Talbot sings, "My memories keep me feverish and sane that night alive with stars and signs I can't explain/ I recall an autumn fire, a burnt out car the shutdown cinema, do you?" The ominous lyrical tone builds throughout each track, allowing for a slow exertion which doesn't rub off as impetuous. Consistently culminating, vaguely haunting subtexts emerge as the narratives are constructed, drenched in stirring imagery.

"Bluebeard" establishes Talbot's proclivity in melding a forward drive, with subdued vocals providing a modest answer. Other standout tracks such as "Fog Round the Figurehead" and "Damage" show Talbot's exertion of a wonderful control over interweaving melodies.

Flashlight Seasons falls together as an amazingly strong album that yields some startlingly poignant moments. With the reformation of Gravenhurst as a three piece, and a subsequent new album in the works, we will certainly see the continued furthering of the fine sensibilities exhibited by this album.

Reviewed by Abi Huynh
A contributing writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Abi Huynh enjoys film and music that most people criminally ignore.

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