Richard Dawson announces new album '2020'

Richard Dawson announces new album '2020'

Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, returns to release his sixth solo album 2020, his first since the critically acclaimed, Peasant. 2020 – out on 11th October 2019 - is an utterly contemporary state-of-the-nation study, that uncovers a tumultuous and bleak time. Here is an island country in a state of flux; a society on the edge of mental meltdown.

The first single from the album comes in the form of “Jogging”, a chugging pop track that deals with the meditative benefits of jogging in dealing with anxiety, told through the aches and pains of middle-England. The video was directed by Edwin Burdis.


On 2020, Dawson introduces us to grand themes through small lives. His are portraits of human beings struggling with recognisable (and dare we say it, relatable) concerns, conflicts and desires, each reminding us that tragedy and gallows humour are not mutually exclusive, and that the magical can sit next to the mundane. Lyrically it is by far Dawson’s hardest-hitting and unflinchingly honest album to date. It is his poetic masterwork.

Within, we find disgruntled civil servants dreaming of better days, anxiety-addled joggers listlessly searching Zoopla for houses they cannot afford in their spare time, amateur footballers who think they’re Lionel Messi and beleaguered pub landlords battling rising floodwaters. Here is life, in all its strange and wonderful ways.

Additionally, Dawson will be heading out on a UK tour this autumn, dates are as follows:

Fri 20th Sept – Newcastle, Ouseburn Folk Festival
Tue 19th Nov - London, Moth Club 
Wed 20th Nov - Brighton, Komedia
Thurs 21st Nov - Manchester, RCNM Concert Hall
Fri 22nd Nov - Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
Sat 23rd Nov - Liverpool, Studio 2
Tue 26th Nov -  Edinburgh, The Caves
Wed 27th Nov - Glasgow, CCA
Fri 13th Dec - Newcastle, Sage Gateshead

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Richard Dawson 2020

Album | 11th October 2019

2020 is the sixth solo album from Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle. The album is an utterly contemporary state-of-the-nation study that uncovers a tumultuous and bleak time. Here is an island country in a state of flux; a society on the edge of mental meltdown.

Tracklisting

  • 1Civil Servant
  • 2The Queen's Head
  • 3Two Halves
  • 4Jogging
  • 5Heart Emoji
  • 6Black Triangle
  • 7Fulfilment Centre
  • 8Fresher's Ball
  • 9No-One
  • 10Dead Dog in an Alleyway

Richard Dawson 2020

Album | 11th October 2019

2020 is the sixth solo album from Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle. The album is an utterly contemporary state-of-the-nation study that uncovers a tumultuous and bleak time. Here is an island country in a state of flux; a society on the edge of mental meltdown.

Tracklisting

  • 1Civil Servant
  • 2The Queen's Head
  • 3Two Halves
  • 4Jogging
  • 5Heart Emoji
  • 6Black Triangle
  • 7Fulfilment Centre
  • 8Fresher's Ball
  • 9No-One
  • 10Dead Dog in an Alleyway
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