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Dawes' new, Blake Mills-produced album, We're All Gonna Die, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)closemore
Dawes' new, Blake Mills-produced album, We're All Gonna Die, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

The California band Dawes has released several albums of breezy Golden State guitar rock centered on Taylor Goldsmith's emotionally loaded songs. Those songs are filled with statements that are irresistibly uplifting when heard in a crowd. (Think "anyone that's making anything new only breaks something else" from "When My Time Comes.")

Dawes' fifth album has the true — but still unsettling — title We're All Gonna Die. It represents a change in sound courtesy of producer Blake Mills, who recently got kudos for producing Alabama Shakes' latest album, Sound & Color, and who was also Goldsmith's high-school bandmate. More touches of keyboards and more space are part of the band's new approach. Below, watch a video from our session that captures this tight and committed band live, and hear the complete session in the player above.

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