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Richard Dawson - The Ruby Cord

Newcastle’s Richard Dawson has carved out the same sort of niche for himself today that Robert Wyatt did for himself in the 1970s. They batter genres into new and interesting shapes. His latest album is the final part of a trilogy that began with ‘Peasant’ (the past), continued with ‘2020’ (the present) and ends with this (the, yep, future). It begins with a sprawling 40-minute piece that drags prog-folk hither and thither and is filled with Lewis Carroll like imagery. Elsewhere Dawson’s arresting vocal key-changes are present and correct as is his gloriously ramshackle clatter. Your pop loving mates will hate it, but then they would, wouldn’t they? RM

Released 18 November on Weird World