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gareth dickson - Quite A Way Away
"Quite A Way Away"is a singer/songwriter album, but the fact that it’s on Taylor Deupree’s 12k imprint should tell you it’s a great deal more than that as well. Glaswegian troubadour Dickson, who has played in Vashti Bunyan’s touring band and collaborated with Max Richter, writes and performs songs rooted in classic, cyclical folk-rock structures, with a finger-picking style openly indebted to Nick Drake and Bert Jansch. The similarities with the former extend further, to the deep blue timbre of his vocal phrasing and the melancholic ambience in which he sets his songs. His songs evince an incredible humanity, emphasised, not compromised, by his use of analogue delays and reverbs. The resulting album is a timeless work of chamber-folk, recommended to fans not just of Jansch and Drake but also Roy Harper, John Martyn, Michael Chapman and those other venerable knights of the British visionary tradition.