News that Nick Talbot , aka Gravenhurst , passed away at 37 hit hard this weekend and I feel incredibly sad.
Nick was a massive talent . He made beautiful ,inspired, original music that is second to none . He was a genuine , and gentle soul with a quick , bright intelligence .Witty and always ready to laugh (usually at his own expense) and totally lacking pretense or artifice ; ready to puncture any pomposity with a well timed joke or comment.
We played together first in 2009 when Nat from sonic cathedral introduced us ( thankyou Nat ) and I later opened for Nick when he released his last album “The ghost in daylight’ .He played a blinder that night. By turns , charming ,funny ,totally committed and completely mesmerising .
I last saw him at Slowdive's show in London back in May this year. His enthusiasm for the show and for Slowdive was so lovely and I will always be grateful for how generous and supportive he was . We talked a lot about the music business .." It's all shit neil .." ( wry smile ) and we talked about new records , and touring , tunings , and guitar pickups ... Actually we talked for a really long time about guitar pickups .. The acoustic ones . Nick you were one of the best and you will be missed my friend..