I'm so stoked for this track - it's from one of my favorite bands - Dawes - I try to see them every time they play Los Angeles - they're just a great band with a great vibe and the most incredible songwriting.
I never really listened to their first album - North Hills released in 2009, but oh my god - when Nothing is Wrong was released in 2011 it hit me from so many different places - journalists I followed were writing about it, early playlist curators were adding tracks and I remember spending an entire weekend in the Desert listening to it on repeat, alternately bawling my eyes out and giggling with pure joy!
It's about the songs! The songwriting - that magical balance between amazing music and amazing lyric. I have a theory about the relationship between the music and words in a track - I think to have a good song to have to have a great music - regardless of how good the music is - but to have a great song - the lyrics have to be exceptional too - and of course - everyone's assessment of exceptional is subjective but - Mr.Goldsmith here - the guitar player is an exceptional lyricist.
I'm not going to break it down - the song is so beautifully presented that you'll get the story straight away. This is a beautiful follow on from last week's Shelby Lynne track - in fact - if you go back and listen to that - and then listen to this one as an almost "answering call" - it should put, if not a smile on your face - then at least something warm in your heart..
You can learn more about Dawes here:
About the Curator - Andrew McCluskey
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician. Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works. It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.
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