Dawes have released “St. Augustine At Night” as another preview of their first album for Rounder, and seventh studio release overall, Good Luck With Whatever, which is due on October 2.
The five-minute track strikes a confessional, reflective air, with simple accompaniment to frontman Taylor Goldsmith’s vocals by acoustic guitar and piano. The band, also featuring Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Wylie Gelber (bass) and Lee Pardini (keys), introduced “St. Augustine At Night” at some of their shows on their 2019 tour.
Says Goldsmith: “‘St. Augustine at Night’ is a song about one’s relationship to their hometown, but also is a song about the varying degrees in which we all watch our lives pass us by.” Good Luck With Whatever was produced by the six-time Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famous RCA Studio A.
The new track follows “Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?,” another track from the forthcoming album, which they released recently with an accompanying video. It was widely hailed in the media, with Rolling Stone describing it as “a turbo-charged Eighties heartland rocker that finds Goldsmith narrating an interaction between two people, one of whom is still plagued by a past relationship.”
“Classic melodies and riffs”
Consequence of Sound‘s review noted: “From the sounds of ‘Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?,’ bringing everyone closer to the process has led to a bigger sound. As Goldsmith’s classic melodies and riffs continue the thread of Dawes’ decade-long career, the percussion snaps like a whip crack and Lee Pardini’s keys reach Roy Bittan levels of drama as they’re pushed to the forefront.”
The band’s last studio album was 2018’s Passwords, the last of three on HUB Records. It became their fifth in a row — their entire studio output apart from the 2009 debut North Hills — to make the top five of Billboard’s folk chart.
Good Luck With Whatever is released on October 2. Pre-order it here.
The full Good Luck With Whatever tracklist is:
“Still Feel Like A Kid”
“Good Luck With Whatever“
“Between The Zero and The One”
“None Of My Business”
“St. Augustine At Night”
“Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?”
“Didn’t Fix Me”
“Free As We Want To Be”