Dawes - North Hills - Indie Rock 180 Grm 2LP + CD + Lyric Insert

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Dawes - North Hills

Label: ATO Records – ATO0078
Format: 2 × Vinyl, 45 RPM
Country: US
180 Gram Vinyl
Includes CD of full album and lyric insert
Released: 2009
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock


A-1 That Western Skyline
A-2 Love Is All I Am
A-3 When You Call My Name

B-1 Give Me Time
B-2 When My Time Comes
B-3 God Rest My Soul

C-1 Bedside Manner
C-2 My Girl To Me
C-3 Take Me Out Of The City

D-1 If You Let Me Be Your Anchor
D-2 Peace In The Valley

this band somehow evolved out of a band named simon dawes. they shed at least two members and, from what i was able to hear, also shed many layers of musical pretense. while simon dawes sounded a little too obsessed with sounding like so many darlings of modern day pout-rock, dawes' only concern appears to be making a song the best it can be in the simplest way possible. this means sparse instrumentation (guitar, bass, drums, keys) and production flanked by a mixed musical bag of roots americana and beautiful harmonies.

the lead singer, guitarist taylor goldsmith is the sole songwriter on this album which is a bit of a catch 22. on one hand it gives "north hills" a pleasantly cohesive feel, but at the same time does bog the album down here and there with songs that seem just a little too alike ("that western skyline", "when you call my name", "bedside manner"). this, coupled with the lack of priority given to the instrumental aspect of these songs produces the albums weakest moments.

it's a shame as i know, from hearing the band live, that the technical prowess is there. the drummer and bass player (as well as goldsmith himself) are perfectly capable of taking these compositions to the next level. in fact, many of the live arrangements seemed to indicate that these songs had been developed in just this way. perhaps taylor is weary of the songs being changed in this way as it may detract from the lyrical content? if you are reading this mr. goldsmith, i am here to tell you that this is not true. bringing the rhythm section forward and throwing in an instrumental passage here and there will only serve to enhance your songs. it will, in-fact, make the difference between a very good album and a great one.

if you're a fan of stripped down rock in the vein of wilco, the mother hips, and mason jennings then check these guys out. beautiful tracks like "love is all i am", "when my time comes", and "take me out of the city" will keep you coming back to the album. it'll also be a nice primer for the next release by dawes which i predict will be one to watch for.

Dawes - When My Time Comes

Official Video

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Dawes - Love Is All I Am

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DAWES - If You Let Me Be Your Anchor

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Condition New
Format 2LP, 5LP
Label ATO Records