The Dawdler / Signs to Akira Records & shares 'Lava Lamps' from forthcoming EP

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Newly signed to Akira Records, The Dawdler has released ‘Lava Lamps’ - a tribute to his friend, Ewan, who took his own life in 2015.

The alias of Tynesider John Edgar, The Dawdler has also announced that new EP ‘Sign of Growth’ will follow this winter. A merging of the atmospheric qualities of Low with the ambience of Grouper and Max Richter, Edgar’s new project gleans with a gentle light, its lustre glowing brighter with each listen. It’s a combination that has won radio airplay - particularly from vocal supporter Guy Garvey - plus approaching two million streams for most recent single ‘Dark Clouds’.

Named after his friend’s huge lava lamp collection, the profits from the new single, both via Bandcamp and a limited edition t-shirt run, will go directly towards vital mental health charities Mind and Breathing Space.

“For me, the song is about my friend, Ewan. But, more broadly it’s about the last time you ever see someone. You’ve got no idea it’s the last time and only realise after they’re gone. It’s mad how you can pinpoint that moment and go over and over it. What could I have said or done to alter events? Did I miss signals?”, Edgar explains.

“I guess it’s just part of the grief process. But, grief in itself is so vast. Every person’s grief is unique to them.”

Though the EPs themes may be melancholic - namely death, loneliness, grief and alcoholism - permeating all of The Dawdler’s work is a palpable, undeniable sense of hope.

“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 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.