A few weeks ago I took a call from a mate of mine who was a bit on the confused side. As a connoisseur of electronic music he had been looking around as he does for new sounds and stumbled across Gravenhurst. Seeing that the record was on Warp Records he naturally assumed it would contain beats, bleeps and various other scary noises of the highest quality.
I answered the phone and a voice spoke in a fashion not dissimilar to how you would if your house was on fire, "...I've got this download from Warp..and....and.....well....it's got like....guitars on it.....and proper....like....instruments and stuff, I think someone has made a terrible mistake!!". After I had picked myself up from the floor and wiped away the tears I said "You've got the Gravenhurst single then. It's true, some people still assume all Warp releases are going to be like they were ten years or so ago. The truth is that music has moved on and so has Sheffield's finest export, Warp Records. Back at the turn of the 90's they released some of the finest 12" slabs of vinyl the world hs ever seen. The likes of Nighmares On Wax, Sweet Exorcist, LFO and who can forget that fantastic Tricky Disco slab. These days the label is a lot more diverse and their roster includes all kinds of music.
Their latest release is a record I've been looking forward to. The debut album from Gravenhurst. If you have been paying attention you will recall that "Trust" appeared on recent Burning World playlist and really sets the scene for this album. Moments of lovelyness, noise, ad the odd bit of strangeness thrown in for good measure. Just what you need (if your name is not Alex, in which case you'll just spontainiously combust).