Acclaimed Los Angeles-based rockers Dawes have shared “Comes In Waves,” available now via Rounder Records at all DSPs and streaming services.
An official performance video—directed by Caitlin Gerard at Hollywood, CA’s historic EastWest Studios—also premiered today via YouTube.
“Comes In Waves” marks the latest single from Dawes’ upcoming eighth studio album, Misadventures Of Doomscroller, arriving everywhere on Friday, July 22. Pre-orders are available now. In addition, a number of exclusive bundles—including limited edition preferred pink vinyl with an optional exclusive 11x11 signed band photo, turntable slipmat, black hoodie, white pocket t-shirt, and socks—are available now at the official Dawes webstore.
“I had this riff and one of the verses for a while,” says Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. “Griffin, Wylie, and Mike Viola came over to my backyard—this was peak Covid—to just play music together for one of the first times since lockdown. I started sharing the song and Griffin and Mike started singing their background parts you hear on the choruses on the record immediately. It inspired me to finish writing it.
“The lyric is about the arbitrary demands I make on myself. I want to perceive me or my life a certain way but I make no exceptions for an off day or a misstep. Whether it’s a win or a loss, it’s all transient, and only when I can live in some version of that awareness—which is itself transient—am I able to bat away any fears or anxieties or the consequences of an over indulged ego.”
Produced by longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen), Misadventures Of Doomscroller represents an adventurous new turn for Dawes, evincing a more ambitious, exploratory approach towards recording than ever before.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on being minimalists. With this record we set out on being MAXIMALISTS,” says Goldsmith. “Still a quartet. Still not letting these songs hide behind any tricks or effects. But really letting the songs breathe and stretch and live however they want to. We decided to stop having any regard for short attention spans. Our ambitions go beyond the musical with this one.”