Words: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung
Most of us have had those drunken nights where we crave affection, a body to hold and we’ll text that the person on our mind. Sometimes it’s a bit of a selfish need but we don’t really consider how it affects our significant other. Angus Dawson puts that feeling into words and what it’s like to be on the receiving end of that contact with Ocean in the Sky, an intimate song filled sax sounds, subtle sirens and sentimental feels.
Brimming with lush production and rhythms ripened by Dawson’s vocals, the tune is unassuming in nature and probably has the tendency to be classed as a piece of easy listening, would I class it as that? No. Ocean in the Sky is an intoxicating piece of writing, with the vocal layering a direct translation of the layered meaning the song construes. It’s anything but easy listening as it tugs on your heartstrings.
Like many other musicians, his artist influences are abundant. As he raves about The Japanese House, Dawson is clear about what appeals to him when it comes to music that blows his mind or creates a spark of imagination “I love hearing things that make me go ‘Oooft, nice, how did they do that?’” he says. For this creative, it’s all about the ideas.
Another of Dawson’s inspirations is Justin Vernon. “He’s taught me so much about songwriting, arranging and production. In my eyes he has the midas touch, I’ve loved pretty much every single piece of music he’s ever put out,” said Dawson.
Classing himself as chill electronic music producer, Dawson offered insight into a big influencer in his genre’s scene, James Blake. “I’m not sure there’s anyone who’s influenced more producers. His combination of musicality and original production is second to no one. I would have no doubt that you can hear his influence in my music, he’s one of the reasons I started this solo project in the first place,” he said.
To my ear, whilst Blake has had a noticeable impact on Dawson’s compositional tone, the maturation of Angus Dawson’s sound is becoming increasingly noticeable as he develops his own sense of self, noticeable in the percussive licks and vibrations of his latest release. A tune that tempts your taste buds and leaves you waiting for more to come from his new EP Ellesmere St.