What does it sound like?:
You could argue that this, the 6th album by Californian band Dawes, should have been their fifth. After the promise of Nothing Is Wrong and Stories Don’t End and the joy of All Your Favourite Bands, the fifth album, We’re All Gonna Die (much as I love it) – well, the report card would have read ‘trying too hard.’ So what is so different about Passwords?
The first thing is that Taylor Goldsmith has written a terrific batch of songs. I mean really, really good. The second thing is producer, Jonathan Wilson. The clarity of sound and unfussy recording are a joy – and he even finds time to drop a couple of ‘Wilsonisms’ into the music. And the third thing is a band growing into their own skins and growing in maturity as a band. Anyone who has seen Dawes live will tell you that the songs grow and have a life of their own when played live. These are recorded so perfectly for playing live that I cannot wait until they come back over the Pond.
The opening track, “Living In The Future” has a vicious riff that hammers away at your » Continue Reading.