Dawes

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Good Luck With Whatever
New Import - 1166101019
Sealed 2020 180gm, Housed In A Gatefold Jacket. Hype Sticker On Front. Small Shrink Tear. Manufactured In The EU. "Dawes Lead Singer/songwriter Taylor Goldsmith Is In An Anxious Mood On The Band's Seventh Album, 2020's Lyrically Incisive Good Luck With Whatever. On The Wry, Bowie-esque Title Track, He Paints A Picture Of Suburban Dread, Singing "There's A Man With A Chainsaw/standing Out In My Yard/he Says He's Just Trimming Trees/but He's Clearly Trying Too Hard." And What Of That Conspicuous Chevy Suburban With The Government Plates? While It's Unclear If Goldsmith Has Done Anything To Warrant His Fear, He's Not Taking Any Chances And Plans His Getaway As The Car's Engine Idles Ominously Outside. Equally Potent Images Arise Throughout Good Luck With Whatever As Goldsmith Writes Candidly About Growing Older And Finding Ways To Retain A Sense Of Identity In An Increasingly Complicated And Troubling World. This Emotionally Spent Vibe Is Most Present In Lyrics Where Goldsmith Teeters Towards Poetry, Somehow Making Inspired Use Of Cumbersome Words Like "Amnesty" And "Pendulum." That Said, It's His Knack For Straightforward Ironies That Really Grab You. On "Still Feel Like A Kid," In Which He Writes About How People Often Still Feel Like Children Despite Their Age, Goldsmith Sings, "I Can't Stay Up Past Midnight Anymore/but I Still Feel Like A Kid/there's Always Part Of Me That's A Little Sore/but I Still Feel Like A Kid." The Band Recorded The Album In Nashville With Producer Dave Cobb, Who's Helmed Projects For Alt-country Luminaries Like Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, And Jason Isbell. He Brings Tactile Warmth To The Record, Reinforcing The Group's Classic Pop Inclinations And Never Getting In Their Way. There's A Sense On The Album That Dawes Are Consciously Picking Out Finely Curated Aspects Of Their Influences: The Mark Ronson-esque Fuzz-tone Guitar Lead On "Good Luck With Whatever," The Paul Simon Intimations Of "St. Augustine At Night," And The Way "None Of My Business" Smartly Marries Born To Run-era Bruce Springsteen With Late-'60s The Band. We Also Get The Driving Late-'70s Power Pop Of "Who Do You Think You're Talking To," The Tom Petty-inspired "Between The Zeros And The Ones," And The Ruminative '80s Adult Contemporary Of "Didn't Fix Me." Of Course, None Of This Sounds Too Slavish And Speaks To Dawes' Firm Grasp On Their Influences. Good Luck With Whatever Is Dad Rock At Its Finest, Unapologetically Classicist In Tone And Full Of A Hard-won Gratitude. But The Way That It's Also Struck Through With A Wry Sense Of Existential Dread Speaks To The Group's Decidedly Un-dad-like Ability To Perfectly Capture The Climate Of The Present Moment." AllMusic Review By Matt Collar. more
Misadventures of Doomscroller
Colored Vinyl - New - 1166101645
Sealed 2022 Original Indie Exclusive Translucent Blood Orange Colour Vinyl. "With 2022's Misadventures Of Doomscroller, Dawes Have Crafted One Their Shortest And Tightest Albums To Date That Also Happens To Be One Of Their Most Enjoyably Experimental. Produced With Longtime Associate Jonathan Wilson, The Record Is A Brief At Seven Tracks. Of Course, Two Of Those Songs -- The Opening "Someone Else's Cafe/Doomscroller Tries To Relax" And The Closing "Sound That No One Made/doomscroller Sunrise" -- Are Over-nine-minute Epics, In Which The Band Punctuate Singer Taylor Goldsmith's Poetic Lyrics With Jazzy Guitar Solos And Fusion-Esque Instrumental Sections. It's A Vibe That Evokes The Proggy 1970s Style Of Steely Dan Without Losing Any Of The Emotive, Singer/Songwriter Pathos That Marked The Best Of Their Past Work. As With 2020's Goodluck With Whatever, There's A Sense That Goldsmith And His Bandmates Are Still Ruminating On The Troubled State Of The World And Seeking Refuge In Small Pleasures. On "Doomscroller Tries To Relax," Goldsmith Sings, "So, Let's Enjoy Each Other's Company On The Brink Of Our Despair." This Palpable Blend Of Experimental Rock And Philosophically Introspective Songwriting Continues Throughout Misadventures Of Doomscroller. We Get The Fleetwood Mac-style Guitar Arpeggiations Of "Comes In Waves" And The Bluesy, Barroom Kinetics Of "Ghost In The Machine." On The Latter, Goldsmith Underlines The Existential Dread At The Core Of The Album, Singing, "All The Doubts And Hesitations/I Built Up In My Early Years/Are Under Reconsideration/Through The Music Of The Spheres." In Some Ways, Dawes' Stylistic Explorations Here Feel Akin To How Their Similarly Inclined Contemporaries Wilco Also Profoundly Expanded Their Sound With 2001's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Thankfully, All Of Misadventures Of Doomscroller Feels Relaxed And Organic To Where Dawes Find Themselves Eight Albums Into Their Career." AMG Review By Matt Collar. more
North Hills
New - LP - ATO0078
Sealed 2009 2LP 45rpm Original Housed In A Gatefold Jacket. Includes CD Of Full Album. more
Nothing Is Wrong
New - LP - ATO0574
Sealed 2021 10th Anniversary Gatefold Reissue On Milky Clear Colored Vinyl With Bonus 7" Containing Two Unreleased B-Sides. Album Download Included With 4 Bonus Tracks. more
Stories Don't End
New - LP - HUB001
Sealed 2013 180gm 2LP Gatefold Original. Custom Hype Sticker On Shrink. more
We're All Gonna Die
New Import - HUB007-1
Sealed 2016 Original On Standard Black Vinyl, Housed In A Gatefold Jacket. Produced By Renowned LA Studio Savant, Blake Mills. Hype Sticker On Front. Includes Download. "The Fifth Studio Album From Dawes, 2016's Cheekily Titled We're All Gonna Die, Finds The Rootsy Los Angeles Outfit Pushing Its Melodic, Literate Roots Rock In An Artsier, More Sonically Experimental Direction. Following Up The Group's Engaging 2015 Effort All Your Favorite Bands, We're All Gonna Die Feels Like The Beginning Of A Creative Transformation Where The Band Begins To Shed All Genre Constraints And Influences, Emerging As Its Own Fantastically Musical Creature. It Brings To Mind The Early-2000s Metamorphosis Of Wilco, The Most Obvious Antecedent To Dawes' Own Thinking-man's Folk-rock Aesthetic. Still Centered On Lead Singer/songwriter Taylor Goldsmith, Dawes Take All The Poignant Twang That Made Up Their Previous Work And Imbue It With A Tactile, Delicately Experimental Vibe On A Set Of Songs That Are As Imaginative And Catchy As Ever. The Album Vibrates With A Dichotomous Energy That Somehow Brings To Mind An Improbable Mix Of Tom Petty, Paul Simon, And Electric Light Orchestra. And It's An Energy That Flows From Goldsmith's Lyrics As He Finds Layers Of Metaphysical Irony And Eye-winking Depth To Unveil In His Steady, Warm Croon. As Goldsmith Sings On "As If By Design," "The Stars Were Just The Holes Punched In The Shoebox/that Gives A Creature All The Air He Needs To Breathe/as If Every Constellation Was Just A Form Of Ventilation/from A Captor Too Enormous To Conceive." And Later, "Every Day Getting A Little More Acquainted With The Riddles Until I'm Looking For Them Everywhere I Go." With We're All Gonna Die, Dawes Have Crafted An Album Rife With Riddles And Musical Poetry, Whose Meaning May Take A Few Listens To Completely Grab You. However, When It Does Finally Hit You, It's Hard To Shake The Feeling That Dawes Have Opened A Door Into The Cosmos." AllMusic Review By Matt Collar. more

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