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CD REVIEW: GARETH J DAWKINS – Songs From the Hideout

| 11 September 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: GARETH J DAWKINS – Songs From the Hideout
Independent
2014
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
7 ½ /10

Gareth Dawkins - Songs From the Hideout

There’s something pretty serene about Gareth J Dawkins’ Songs From The Hideout, recorded in Alice Springs with engineer Matt Byrnes. It’s mellow: just the man and his guitar and voice, for the most part, and whilst Dawkins doesn’t have the hushed whisper of Sam Beam, the album does bring to mind his excellent early work as Iron & Wine.

With such a sparse, indie folk sound, similarities are bound to pop up like mushrooms in a winter forest – John Butler, Xavier Rudd, The Waifs, Mick Thomas – but none of them are a perfect fit. That they are all Australian is no coincidence: Dawkins’ music is easily recognisable as Australian in both it’s outlook and sound.

Dawkins is his own man and again, with the sparse sound, it’s only the songs that matter. Mainly concerned with love: its pursuit, its glory, its loss: Songs From the Hideout is a collection that is bolstered by Dawkins’ confident vocals and is a wonderful Sunday morning coming down album.

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Shane

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