Richard Dawson – Ruby Cord

Richard Dawson On some creative streak. The past 12 months have already seen a great Tyneside bard album – Henkya collaboration with Finnish metal alchemists Circle. Now here’s another: Ruby cord It is framed as the conclusion to a trilogy of albums by Dawson It started in 2017. The first of the three, a farmer, surveys a number of colorful characters living in the medieval kingdom of Bryneich around the 6th century AD. This was followed by 2020, which took an empathetic look through the lives of those occupying familiar spaces from the early 2000s – the soccer field, the local pub, the Amazon fulfillment center. where next? To the future, of course — precisely 500 years into the future, into a sort of finite reality that stretches back to real life and something more virtual.

It is definitely within range Dawson powers to accomplish a kind of neon-lit space opera. But this is not that album. Ruby cord It certainly has some epic qualities — for example, it’s long, clocks in at 1 hour and 20 minutes, starts with an opening track, “hermit”, which in itself extends to 40 panoramic minutes. But where 2020 felt direct and forthright, both in its music and the way it tells its story, Ruby cord It feels more mysterious, dense and complex, as if Dawson – He is never ambitious in his art – he deliberately raises the stakes.

There is some feat of imaginative creation going on here, and it is only by scrutinizing the lyric sheet that you can really begin to understand what the world is like. Dawson was designed. Ruby cord In augmented reality, humans exist somewhere between the world as we know it and a virtual space where the lines between history, mythology, and fantasy blur. on me “hermit”, the familiar overlaps with the extremely strange. One minute Dawson was painting a country scene for “Policemen surrounded by crow“And the”The volatile lower jaw of a caterpillar“The next day he sings.”An update to my visual and sensory cortex“. “museum”Meanwhile, it follows an unnamed visitor as he explores a complex containing an archive of human memory, projected onto the walls. single reference point for Ruby CordStorytelling can be sci-fi – think of the rich, detailed world-building of a character like Ursula Le Guin or Philip K. Dick. It might be other video games – fantasy RPGs like Skyrim that dispense a bit of lore as you explore, giving you a sense of a wider world beyond your direct experience.

The narratives here can be dark and disorienting, but the overall mood is calm and serene, largely lacking the roar and turbulence we hear in so many other novels. Dawson The job. It is backed by a mini band consisting of a bassist Rodri DaviesViolinist Angharad Davies and drummer Andrew Cheetham. on me “hermit”They spread in an improvisational manner, more concerned with syntax than with the familiar song structure. Deep within the album, there are moments that raise the temperature a few notches: wild harp bubbles buried in a midst “the fool”; The fun metal party that blooms briefly in a heart “tip of an arrow”. But these are generally used as a kind of dramatic punctuation, and are therefore somewhat short-lived.

whatever Dawson The one he writes about, tends to return to human stories—our ambitions, our fears, our disappointments, our fragility. You get the feeling he created the setup Ruby cord As a way of addressing such a subject from an extraordinary variety of perspectives. “thicker than water” is a gentle ensemble of tinkling guitars and little ukulele flourishes, but it carries at its heart a sense of dreadful absence; The narrator, fleeing cyberspace for the real world, traverses deserted cities and empties dual carriageways in search of the bodies he and his family left long ago. “the fool” Looks like he’s back in the grounds a farmerA love affair set in a medieval town – or perhaps a simulated one? – which ends in a mysterious failure. wonderful “tip of an arrow”, meanwhile, feels like a video game, as the narrator and her adorable daughter Isagog craft arrows before venturing “into the world of the legendary Three-Faced Rabbit.” There, we remember that pride comes before the fall.

Dawson A work always requires a certain amount of buying from the listener, which is usually paid by earnings. Ruby cord It’s no different, and its depth and ambition may go further than any of his records before. if Dawson It was a discography of Tolkien’s books, and this will not be The hobbitor even Lord of the ringsbut Silmarillion. As such, this may not be the first Richard Dawson A record you would recommend to a newcomer: Too Much, Too Soon. However, if you had understood his scale and work, Ruby cord You will not fail to impress. You leave him reeling, happily bewildered, dazzled by the scope of his achievement.

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