LA four-piece Dawes excavate a newly re-fashionable period in their city’s musical history, the hippy singer-songwriters that clustered in Laurel and Topanga Canyons in the 1970s.
“I am a lonely singer with a song for every feeling I cannot name,” vocalist Taylor Goldsmith declares on “So Well”, taking the homage to parodic levels, but overall their second album charms with plangent classic rock solos, swirling organ and bucolic acoustic guitar.
The theme of innocence and experience – “Caught,” Goldsmith sings, “somewhere between the plans and the dreams” – gives the nostalgia a frisson, as if the young men of Dawes were trying to locate a less tainted time than their own.
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