In 2009 Drifting/Falling released Gareth Dickson’s debut album, Collected Recordings, a stunningly beautiful and haunting ambient folk album which caught the attention of 12k’s Taylor Deupree. Thus began a not-as-easy-as- expected search for Dickson to try to coax him into writing an album for 12k. After a couple of cross-Atlantic voyages and a brief run-in involving a failing rental car and a herd of sheep on a dusty Scotish road, Deupree and Dickson met and Quite A Way Away (12k1070, 2012) was recorded for 12k.

Today Collected Recordings, remains as captivating and powerful as when it was first released. The original edition on Drifting/Falling has since gone out of print and with this 12k is very proud to be issuing a re-release, making sure it continues to get the attention it deserves.

12k’s re-issue adds two additional tracks which Dickson wrote around the same time as the original material but have been previously unreleased.


“Beautiful but desolate. This is a gentle but defiant record, one that faces demons and sonic contradictions.”

“Throughout the fifty-minute recording, the finger-picking of his glistening steel-stringed acoustic guitar merges wonderfully with his fragile vocalizing, and the peaceful ambiance created by the slow-motion tracks is seductive too; if anything, the oasis of calm established by Collected Recordings is so soothing one would prefer to never leave.”

“Gareth manages to split the difference between Brian Eno and Robbie Basho, between the studio drone manipulator and the ramshackle folk guitarist. All the pastoral plains of hum are balanced out by the precise plucking of poignant melodies”



Gareth Dickson

Over the last few years Gareth Dickson has been steadily working his way to the attention of the music community. Based around the acoustic guitar, his compositions employ effects (analogue delay and reverb) in an attempt to recreate something of the modern ambient/electronic musical landscape which in many ways characterises recent times, as well as referencing some of the well known fingerpickers of the past such as Nick Drake and Bert Jansch. Sometimes entirely instrumental,…

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