The Dawdler / Releases new single 'Crocodile'; EP 'Sign of Growth' out this October (Akira Records)

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“The Dawdler’s music is made to get lost in“
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“Like falling in slow motion“
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“A melancholic, soulful beauty from within, that doesn’t come around too often these days“
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Merging the atmospheric qualities of Low with the ambience of Max Richter, Newcastle’s latest breakthrough act The Dawdler has released ‘Crocodile’. It’s the latest track from forthcoming EP ‘Sign of Growth’ out this October on Akira Records.

Featured on BBC Radio 1, Radio 6 music and across multiple Spotify playlists, The Dawdler’s latest track comes hot on the heels of ‘Dark Clouds’, which has had almost two million plays, and ‘Lava Lamps’. The latter was a tribute from The Dawdler aka John Edgar in honour of his friend Ewan who took his own life. Through downloads and t-shirt sales, it raised almost £800 for mental health charities Mind and Breathing Space.

Listen to 'Crocodile'

His most cinematic track yet, the chaotic keyboards and marching drums of ‘Crocodile’ throb like a heart itching to break free. “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," says Edgar. "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.”

While ‘Crocodile’ may have emerged from a dream, the rest of ‘Sign of Growth’ is very much rooted in reality. Exploring death, loneliness, grief and alcoholism, The Dawdler’s inimitable outlook ensures a beam of light always shines amidst the darkness.

 “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”.

The EP’s closing track perhaps evokes this sense of hope best. “Don’t Get Blue’ is about someone who’s no longer alive who you miss dearly. With the added thought that soon you’ll also be dead, and it won’t matter one jot, so don’t get blue”. With mantras as knowing and wise as this, it’s little wonder that in ‘Sign of Growth’, The Dawdler has created a collection of soothing songs to cling to in times both light and dark.