Stream Dawes’ new album Password via NPR Music’s First Listen

Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

Perennial WXPN favorites Dawes have shared an early stream of their latest album, Password, on NPR’s First Listen, available a week before the album’s official release. The band’s latest LP observes and reflects on the modern world lyrically. Speaking on the album with Consequence of Sound, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith said “Many of these songs are an attempt to come to terms with the modern world, while always trying to consider both sides of the story.”

Dawes kicks off their 6th album with the brooding yet explosive anthem “Living In The Future,” a track I’ve heard both on air and around the station ever since its release as a single last month. Kicking off the album on a high note, the band slows down throughout the body of the album on tracks like the candlelit slow number “My Greatest Innovation” and single “Crack the Case.” Elsewhere, fellow LA-based artists Lucius joins for guest contributions on “Mistakes We Should Have Made,” an upbeat shift in the back half of the album.

The Los Angeles rockers touch down at the Wells Fargo Center this August 24, supporting Jeff Lynne’s ELO. Ticketholders should have plenty of time to get acquainted to Dawes’ new material between now and August. Check out XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information to the show.

Stream Dawes’ Passwords here, thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen series, and preorder physical versions of the album on Dawes’ webstore.




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