Don't Send Me Away
Label: Hub Records
With the release of their third album, Dawes' well-crafted sound is pretty much set in stone. As with its predecessors, All Your Favorite Bands is a collection of California-bred folk-rock heavy on heartbreak, rootlessness and nostalgia. Chief singer and songwriter Taylor Goldsmith (fresh off his stint in The New Basement Tapes) is forever haunted by friends and lovers who are absent far more than they are present. Yet it seems as though he wouldn't have it any other way: "If I can't feel your presence, let me feel your lack," he pleads on the organ-soaked highlight "Waiting for Your Call."