THE DAWDLER – the brilliant North-East singer-songwriter known to friends and family as John Edgar – has today released a second song from his forthcoming debut EP Sign of Growth for his new home, Akira Records.
It follows the heartbreak of last month’s “Lava Lamps”, the elegy for a lost friend which, with T-shirt sales on a Bandcamp Friday, raised almost £800 for the mental health charities Mind and Breathing Space. If you haven’t heard that, you really should; pop over here.
We’ve embedded his latest melodious missive below; it shimmers so brightly, guitars glittering, voice gliding in reverb; it’s pure and sleek, intelligent widescreen pop. But what’s that you’re singing, Edgar? “I’ve never played chess with a crocodile” …
“The lyrics to ‘Crocodile’ are based on a dream. A game of chess with a crocodile that develops into a terrifying chase with murderous intentions,” he says.
“Probably my subconsciousness’s reaction to the rise of fascism and the anxiety inducing polarisation of the socio-political landscape.
“The options presented in the lyrics are to face the fears head on and fight, or to somehow retreat into the solar system – dancing with the moon and sleeping on Saturn’s rings.”
Melody, allegory, poetry, the dream state; he packs it into three and a bit minutes.
Sign Of Growth pulls no lyrical punches, be sure: it casts a tunesmith’s eye over death, loneliness, grief and alcoholism – but always ensuring there’s a light shining through.
Edgar says: “I feel happy in my life, I’m in love and I’m comfortable and I have a home. It means I can address things in a more subtle way. I like music where you’re able to form your own meaning”.
He encapsulates it so well in just three words on his Twitter profile as “Ambient pop. Sad.”