I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes. Yes, I’m on a massive folk kick lately. I know. Between the last few Tune Ups and my feature on Bob Dylan yesterday it seems like one genre of music has taken over the blog. I can’t help it! Spring and new found life popping up around us draw me to folk variations of songs. Plus, indie musicians just seem to be everywhere at the moment. I promise I’ll try and vary it up a bit in the next few Tune Ups – I wouldn’t want any of you getting too bored out there. Variation is always a good thing.
One of those indie folk musicians dominating the field right now is Dawes. Led by the Goldsmith brothers, the band is set to release their fourth album All Your Favorite Bands in June and embark on a summer tour. Guess who has tickets? Me. That would be who. After finding commercial success with their third album, the foursome decided to attempt other endeavors for a while – most notably Taylor Goldsmith recording for The New Basement Tapes with Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens, and Elvis Costello (definitely worth a listen!)
Dawes went into the studio this time around with the purpose of creating a record that was more in the vein of a live show. The band wanted all fans to experience the true vibe that they felt previous albums lacked. Pulling all the ropes behind the scenes by completely producing your own album in your own studio helps that cause.
In the first single “Things Happen” it’s clear that Dawes succeeded in getting the music back to their roots. Taylor Goldsmith also proves yet again he knows how to write a very lyrically compelling and driven song, even in simplicity. So many of the lines of “Things Happen” are pure gold. I mean the title of this post? PERFECT.
I felt like the reminder of unpredictability (even if there is a slight seething under tone in the lyrics) was fitting in my current stage in life. It’s just the way it goes. Now, repeat about seventy times until it somewhat sinks in.
What are your current music recs? Got any non-folk stuff for me?
P.S. – I’ve been spending a lot of time writing lately too and guess what – there’s a playlist for that. It’s full of folk and non-folk music too.
Until next time,