Dawes – North Hills

January 01, 1970

(ATO Records)

 

www.atorecords.com

 

Even if you,
like me, are not a fan of the Dave Matthews Band his label has released some
strong records these past few years. Releases by Ben Kweller, Brendan Benson
and My Morning Jacket have all tugged at fans and critics ears alike and now
Dawes can add their name to that growing list. Led by brothers Taylor and
Griffin Goldsmith (Taylor writes all of the songs), this Los Angeles area band
, from a town called North Hills, seem to have adopted the Laurel Canyon sound
originally delivered by bands like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neil Young
(solo)  and later by transplant Gram
Parsons.

 

With an earthy,
organic sound the band recorded these 11 tracks live in the studio (to analog
tape) and the record sounds as warm and inviting as that oversized pillow
sitting in front of the fireplace. “That Western Skyline” is a perfect opener,
slowly unfolding with snail-paced drums and acoustic guitars while “Love is All
I Am” brings those C.S.N. comparisons to mind. The upbeat “When My Times Comes”
is one of the best songs on the record as it  melds philosophical lyrics with shuffling
drums and glistening melodies while the gorgeous, stunning “Bedside Manner”
examines the narrators last days on earth (“And then I’ll be ready to leave
when the whole world is taken with me”).  At only 23 years of age Taylor Goldsmith
already sounds like an old soul and the wisdom he imparts on these 11 songs is
nothing if not inspiring.

 

Standout Tracks:  “Love
is All I Am”, “When My Time Comes”, “Bedside Manner”, “Peace in the Valley” TIM
HINELY

 

 

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