Los Angeles-based band Dawes have released their latest single ‘Everything is Permanent’ from their forthcoming eighth studio album ‘Misadventures of Doomscroller’. The new album is due on 22nd July and is the follow-up to the highly-acclaimed ‘Good Luck With Whatever’, which was produced by GRAMMY-winner Dave Cobb and was their first for Rounder Records. This time around, the record is produced by Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen) and the single is a good example of the ambitious arrangements and adventurous sound. ‘Everything is Permanent’ is an extended song, a sonic journey of almost nine minutes, featuring musical interludes from Lee Pardini on keys and solo fuzzy guitar-work from Goldsmith. As this is the official performance video, we get to see all the players at work, close-up, and the musicianship is first-class as you would expect from such accomplished performers as Dawes. It’s an absorbing song to get lost in.
Guitarist and primary vocalist Taylor Goldsmith says of this song: “This is a song (about how everything about us is tracked, documented, recorded, filed, mined, bought, sold, etc. etc. on some level) that is wrapped around a molten core of a breakdown / freakout / majorminorinterweave that is probably the moment I’m most proud of on the whole record. After showing you the blood and guts, we gently sew the song back together again and end with what could be the tagline for all of social media and the screen-life-culture that we subscribe to these days to varying degrees: ‘Did you really need to cry? Or be seen crying?” Indeed, the song perfectly captures the technological times we’re living in: “The sunshine on a perfect day // Everything is permanent now // The single that gets overplayed // Everything is permanent now // The bubbles in your third rosé // Everything is permanent now // The movements of the Milky Way // Everything is permanent now.”
Throughout the summer, the band have got a heavy touring schedule across the USA to promote the new record. Dawes are a tremendous, note-perfect live act and if you want to catch them live, you can find the dates here. In the meantime, check this out.