Excellent new album from Gravenhurst who has really stepped things up a notch since the last release we think. This album is a definitive statement that will challenge many peoples conception of the band. Complex, filmic arrangements Down River keep company with literate, romantic songwriting Nicole and hypnotic, kraut-rock workouts such as The Velvet Cell, The whole 50-odd minutes is suffused with competing themes of violence and deliverance, paranoia and epiphany, squalor and ascendance, peaking with the horrifying Animals. Following the epic Song from Under the Arches a haunting exercise in restraint and ferocity- the album closes with a blistering appropriation of the Kinks See My Friends, drowning a three minute proto-psychedelic pop hit in a ten-minute sea of sonic chaos. Released on Warp Records.