Nick Talbot, singer and guitarist, known better by Gravenhurst, has died at the young age of 37. The news of his tragic, untimely death came from Warp Records.
A statement from Warp Records read: “We are shocked and saddened to share the news that Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst has passed away aged 37.” The statement continues on to say how he was an immensely talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and journalist. He will be hugely missed. Nick’s family and friends request privacy at this difficult time,” the statement concluded.
Michelle Hilborne, Nick’s manager gave a touching tribute, and said that she was utterly devastated by the news. She praised Gravenhurst most deservingly, saying that he was the finest, most extraordinary and inspirational songwriter, singer and performer.
The deceased performer’s manager also shared that he feels that Nick’s work has deeply affected so many people all over the world. According to Hilborne, and many of Nick’s fans world-wide, Talbot was an outstandingly intelligent, compassionate, fascinating and witty guy. “Nick was the dearest friend and his absence brings indescribable sorrow,” the Michelle sadly concluded her statement.
Nick Talbot began performing solo under the stage name Gravenhurst. However, since 1999, other musicians have helped expand Gravenhurst into a live band, such as drummer Dave Collingwood who contributed to the performance and production work to several recordings. From 2004 to 2006 Gravenhurst performed as a trio, after bass guitarist Huw Cooksley joined the band.
Throughout 2007 and 2008 Robin Allender played bass and Alex Wilkins played guitar. With the release of The Ghost in Daylight in 2012, a new three-piece formation of Gravenhurst Ensemble emerged back to the scene, with Rachel Lancaster on vocals, bass guitar and keyboards, and Claire Adams on vocals and percussion. Nick also performed solo with a guitar and phrase-sampling, looping and droning devices.
Gravenhurst’s music is described as dark and atmospheric, with the constant of Talbot’s fragile voice and vocal harmonies, intricate guitar work and “unsettling and mysterious lyrical themes.”