The Dawdler reckons with grief on the heartfelt “Lava Lamps”

The Dawdler signs to Akira Records, shares the heartbreaking “Lava Lamps”.

The Dawdler has been one of our artists to watch for quite some time now. The Newcastle-born singer-songwriter is on an impressive singles streak that looks likely to continue. He has now signed with Akira Records, who will be putting out his upcoming EP Signs of Growth this winter. The Dawdler is now sharing the new single off this EP, a devastating song called “Lava Lamps” which is his most touching and heartbreaking yet.

Written in memory of a friend lost to suicide, the track finds The Dawdler reckoning with regret over things not said: “If I had known it was the last time / I might have said something much more like / You were my dream”. Whereas his earlier songs veered more towards brooding atmospheres, “Lava Lamps” is relatively straightforward, more Radiohead than Low. It’s a beautiful and intimate number, with handpicked guitar arpeggios supporting The Dawdler’s heartfelt vocal performance. Once the string arrangements kick in, it’s hard not to feel completely floored by the sheer raw emotion of it.

Any profits the track makes on Bandcamp will go towards mental health charities Mind and Breathing Matters, and you can also purchase a limited t-shirt to help out with the donation. Watch the accompanying visuals, created by Wolfgang Paradisio and Kevin Brown, below.