Richard Dawson is releasing his new album 2020 on October 11th, and with the excellent 'Jogging' already out in the world, he has today shared 'Two Halves'. As expected from that title, it's a song based around football - but using that framework to delve somewhere deeper. He explains:

"Football is society in microcosm. I really love it (and hate plenty about it too) and wanted to make an album around the subject for some time. I've got other fish to fry though so this is just a simple song. I reckon it's quite a happy one, despite it involving a kid having a really terrible game (in their mind at least) with their irate dad watching on. My own footballing days are lost in a haze - in my pomp I was a chiselling 'Gattuso'-type holding-midfielder - but I've taken fresh inspiration from going to watch my nephew play for Wallsend Boys Club, some pleasant drizzly afternoons at Heaton Stan (behind the chip shop) and many excruciating visits to St. James Park - the cathedral of dreams".

The song 'Two Halves' manages to be just as charming and heartwarming as the above quote, with Dawson's new song not exactly adhering to a regular structure, instead peaking and troughing with the flow of a football match. The song is a jaunty and bumbling, like a ball bounding across an uneven kid's football pitch, and Dawson switches perspectives from the father watching the match to the son who's playing in it. From the father's perspective there's frustration, unnecessary levels of passion and outspokenness that bother and embarrass the son - but come across as love in the song. By the end of the match the father is in tears at the result, making his son feel like he's disappointed him - but in the car ride home the father makes it up to the son by offering him the choice of Chinese or fish & chips for tea.

It's another beautifully observed slice of British life from Dawson, and comes with a video that you can watch below.

Richard Dawson's new album 2020 comes out through Weird World on October 11th. He's got these tour dates ahead, including a just-announced a special event called Delight Is Right at London's Barbican next year (more details to follow):

Fri 20th Sept – Newcastle, Ouseburn Folk Festival
Tue 19th Nov - London, Moth Club [SOLD OUT]
Wed 20th Nov - Brighton, Komedia
Thurs 21st Nov - Manchester, RCNM Concert Hall
Fri 22nd Nov - Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
Sat 23rd Nov - Liverpool, Studio 2
Tue 26th Nov - Edinburgh, The Caves
Wed 27th Nov - Glasgow, CCA
Fri 13th Dec - Newcastle, Sage Gateshead
Sat 28th March – London, Barbican