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Gareth Dickson – “Sampler” (Polymorphic Music)

Ambient Folk Miniatures | is a good source to start your investigations on certain artists. In case of UK Gareth Dickson, tells us "Solo acoustic guitar with effects and vocals". That's true on a technical level, still so much information is missing. Add adjectives like introspective, tender, experimental and blissful to get a bit closer to the Dickson music.

London-based Polymorphic Music released a nine-track album of Gareth Dickson exactly one year ago. Due to their rare promotion activities, I missed it back then but re-discovered it now. The bulky titled "Sampler" is something like a best of-compilation including exclusive tunes as well. Most songs can be found on "Solina Sea", initially released as part of the "Mineral Series" at Benbecula records, some are derived from his debut "Spruce Goose" published by vanished Sleeping Man label.

Gareth Dickson writes beautiful acoustic Folksongs with an idea of gentle Jazz. Decently processed by reverb and delay, Dickson "stretches" his chords to slowly evolving ambient textures that bring forth memories of Labraford, Gastr Del Sol or Berlin-based Taunus. His vocals are a obvious bow to Nick Drake, but he uses them in a distinct manner. Despite singing strophes and choruses he rather scatters fragments of text across the tracks, some songs work without vocals at all. Gareth Dickson manages to satisfy both the Folk- and the fans of experimental music. An awesome record! Don't miss it.

A sunny day in Glasgow, a man, a guitar.

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Phlow-Author Bettina Rhymes This article was written on 12.June 2008 by Bettina Rhymes. Bettina Rhymes is the journalist alter ego of Sven Swift. Swift runs the established CDr- and Netlabel and acts as a Netaudio DJ every now and then. Next to his job at Phlow Mag, he writes reviews about free music at Read more articles written by .