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Newcastle-based music maker and alias of John Edgar (Okay Champ, EAT FAST and Nately’s Whore Kid Sister), The Dawdler brand of ambient loveliness got a lot of people talking last year and to kick off 2020 was named in the first wave of announcements for Tipping Point Live on 13th June. He is living up to the hype with the release of a tender thing of beauty that is his new single, Ethel. 

We’re delighted to be given an exclusive look at the single and video that accompanies it. The track was recorded and produced by Will Thorneycroft, along with Dawdler bandmates David Turnbull, Calum Howard, and Matt Saxon and the video was directed and edited by Eloise Thomas. Here, John tells us a little more about what it’s about…

“On a personal level, Ethel is about my back which, for want of a better word, is knackered. It refers to the most recent major blip – immobility, mindless from painkillers, wondering what’s next. 

I think (hope) the tune actually sounds a lot less miserable than it says on the tin! 

I firmly believe, though, that music’s meanings are formed by the listener. If Ethel resonates with someone and they create their own personal meaning for the song, that’s wonderful.”

Catch the Dawdler at Tipping Point Live, Newcastle on 13th June.

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