Bristol singer and songwriter Nick Talbot, who recorded as Gravenhurst, was to embark on a UK tour this week, celebrating the tenth anniverary of his debut, Flashlight Seasons, an album that was triumphantly reissued by Warp Records on December 1 (along his 2004 mini-album, Black Holes in the Sand, and a new compilation of rarities). But tragically, on December 4, Talbot passed away at the far too young age of 37. Tonight on UKNY at 11, I'll play a lengthy set in tribute to this musician and writer who never received the recognition he deserved, but who was often compared to Nick Drake and Paul Simon while finding his own artistic succor in bands like Slowdive and Flying Saucer Attack. Below, watch a brief, recent documentary on Nick Talbot as he talks about Bristol, a city that inspired many of his finely etched, deeply personal songs. As he poignantly observes in the film, "Given the randomness of the world, you have to try, you have to savour every moment."
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