RELEASE: Richard Dawson
When I first heard Richard Dawson, he was doing a DJ set and all manner of eldritch, hobgoblin noises were coming from the speakers. Which is why I was a little surprised that his own music is so bloody gorgeous – tentative, fractured guitar pieces married to his intimate, raw voice.
His 2011 album, The Magic Bridge, started getting him attention outside of the North East – even The Wire gave it some serious props – and now it’s getting a vinyl release thanks to Box Records. Unable to fund a vinyl release himself, Dawson was happy to let them put it out. “I think the tone of the album, the feel of it, and Ant’s amazing artwork for it, suggested it would lend itself well to vinyl – bigger, crackly. Getting it pressed up took a wee while – it got caught up in the Record Store Day frenzy for one thing – but I reckon now’s the perfect time. I still feel really positive about the album, that it is a very alive thing, and has more to speak, so hopefully this can just give it a wee boost and get it to a few more ears.”
Dawson’s an impressively busy guy as a musician and visual artist. He’s currently working with the Tyne & Wear Museum on an album inspired by things he’s found in their archives. “I’m hoping to make something bold, old and new, northern, frightening and alive.” Another album is underway too – eventually. “I’m a little sorry and fretful to have to put it to one side for a while – until next year probably – but it’s maybe a good thing, let it rest and breathe… even children get tired. Of course all of this could change at any moment but the key is to keep making stuff that is alive and wants to live, hopefully stuff that people may enjoy and benefit from, but just to do what wants to be done.”
Richard Dawson’s The Magic Bridge is released via Box Records this month. He plays at The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on Thursday 9th August.
- INTERVIEW: Richard Dawson