Richard Dawson – ‘Nothing Important’

Richard Dawson - 'Nothing Important'

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The underground folk musician challenges on his eccentric latest

Since his 2007 debut, Newcastle songwriter Richard Dawson’s reputation within the UK’s underground folk scene has grown steadily. Now, after signing to Domino offshoot Weird World – home to Hookworms and Peaking Lights – it’s set to mushroom. Yet ‘Nothing Important’ is his most challenging set so far, its four songs including two instrumental showcases for his bizarre, nerve-jangling guitar style. The title track and ‘The Vile Stuff’ both stretch past the 15-minute mark, combing the margins of childhood memories with extreme lyrical and vocal intensity. Namechecks for Peter Beardsley and Peperami show eccentricity, but once you get used to his atonal delivery, Dawson emerges as a talented chronicler of the tiniest, realest details.

Noel Gardner

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Record label: Weird World
Release date: 03 Nov, 2014