1. What do you do every day to express your elective affinity with nature, with the plants on your balcony, with the flowers that grow in your terrace or the trees in your garden?
I’m lucky enough to be staying in a house with a small garden at the moment. It’s summer here in Glasgow just now which means I’m often out in the garden on my own playing with a football. Not something you would normally associate with love of nature but for me it’s a great way to be outside, to get sun and fresh air and exercise. I’m always aware of the green backdrop while playing – the grass, the trees and the bushes. For me it’s great just to be outdoors, even in a small garden, because so much of my time is spent inside emailing and playing guitar.
2. What is the plant that you like the most? Why you feel so attached to it?
I don’t normally have favourite things, of anything. If I had to name one then I find orchids interesting, there is something slightly mystical and strange about them. And there is a connection to a song I love by Psychic TV, actually named “The Orchids”.
3.You’re leaving to a desert island and you can only take with you two things … and a plant. What would you put in your suitcase?
My guitar, a book – probably The Norton Anthology of Poetry, and a soya bean plant with the hope of getting some tofu out of it in the end.
Based around the acoustic guitar, Gareth Dickson’s songs employ analogue delay and reverb to capture the sounds of the modern ambient/electronic musical landscape as well as referencing some of the well known fingerpickers of the past. Sometimes entirely instrumental, sometimes with sparing vocals, always with the idea of exploring and finding new possibilities for an age old instrument.
He has toured extensively as Vashti Bunyan’s guitarist; playing live from the Carnegie Hall, New York, to the Barbican in London and along the way working with many
pioneering musicians from this generation and previous – including Devendra Banhart, Coco Rosie, David Byrne and Joe Boyd (producer of Nick Drake, The Incredible String Band etc). Dickson has also recorded and toured as a solo artist with Juana Molina (being the only musician other than Juana herself to contribute to her album “Un Dia”) and has played guitar on a film soundtrack by Max Richter.
His first full-length release, Collected Recordings (2009, Drifting Falling) made the top 10 in a number of best of year lists and the two proper albums to follow have been extremely well received by some of the most respected publications in music (including The Wire Magazine, Mojo, Textura etc).
Currently releasing with New York label 12k, there is a new album in the works, vinyl re-releases of two previous albums, as well as a live album scheduled for release in the fall of 2014.
“A distinctive vocabulary of unusual chord changes, diversions and codas. With enough reverb to give a sweet spangly luminosity to the high notes and a drone like undertow on the lower ones, an artist of real originality…. haunting”
The Wire Magazine
“Ethereal, hazy melancholy”
4 stars Mojo Magazine
“Dickson’s music creeps in to some deeper unconsciousness or otherworldly space… some kind of waking dream”