Stories Don't End is the first album Dawes will release independently on their new label, HUB Records. Another change for the band is the absence of producer Jonathan Wilson, who was at the helm for the band's first two albums. In his place, Jacquire King whose credits include albums with Tom Waits, Norah Jones, and Kings of Leon. And while that Laurel Canyon sound still exists, the band actually bunkered down in Asheville, North Carolina to record these new songs. In the face of releasing their own album, working with a new producer and recording on the other side of the country, the album really just plays as a comfortable progression. Frontman Taylor Goldsmith is as dominant lyrically as he was on the first two albums, and the band meets his excellence.
It's easy to fall in love with these songs. The storytelling is vivid on "From a Window Seat" as you follow Goldsmith’s stream of consciousness from the cabin of a plane. "Most People" and the leadoff track "Just Beneath the Surface" are the most reflective of that classic California coolness and sunny soft-rock feel. And if you’re looking for a playful side of Dawes, listen to "Hey Lover," an instantly catchy moment that is sure to be a favorite during live shows.