Song: In My Grave
Artist: Brian Gravestock
Not much in the way of background here; this song comes from one CD of the Canadian Point North label compilation series from the mid-90s - vague, I know, but I’ve misplaced the CD and though Brian Gravestock continues as a gigging Toronto musician I can’t find any sort of back catalogue of his work; evidently he doesn’t record much. Gravestock is one of those musos who can play it all - he started with guitar and vocals but he’s handy on piano, double-bass, drums and trumpet too. On this one he’s crooning and strumming on an electric; no clue as to who is handling drums and bass.
The draw here is the purity and strength of Gravestock’s haunting voice as he delivers this darkly pensive testimonial about mortality, fatalism and getting ready for the big dirt nap. It's approached in a deliberately paced, measured manner which conjours up something vividly nostalgic. It’s just a really great tune, with the soft shuffle of a well-rounded jazz guitar riff gamely pushing along beneath that supple, velvet-smooth voice.
Posted by Max MacDonald