••• Carousels •••
Doves have today released ‘Carousels’, the band’s first new music in eleven years.
Jez Williams started to work on the song during a trip to Porto, and when the band got back together it was one of the first songs he presented to them; apparently, Jimi Goodwin immediately fell in love with its “badass breakbeat.” There’s something nostalgic within it, looking back to the group’s youth together.
“It’s a reminiscence of the times that we’d go to places like North Wales on holiday as kids,” Andy Williams said in a statement.
“Places where you had your first experience of sound systems and music being played really loud.”
One of British music’s rarest treasures, Doves’ reputation as a committed and consistent albums band is gilded by timeless singles including ‘There Goes The Fear’, ‘Pounding’ and ‘Black And White Town’. The Manchester band’s four albums to date, the Mercury Prize-nominated brace of ‘Lost Souls’ and ‘The Last Broadcast’, followed by ‘Some Cities’ and ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ stand as monuments of refined songwriting craft. Each recalls the band’s broad span of musical reference points, from the glinting riches of golden age soul and gritty garage to the woody rhythms of folk. Beyond their dancefloor-friendly singles, Doves’ universe moved around emotive soundscapes and gently sparkling love letters. Demand for their sell-out live performances saw them routinely headlining festival stages, from repeated Glastonbury appearances to 2003’s Teenage Cancer Trust concerts and the BBC Electric Proms.
Doves stepped off the stage in 2010 and Jimi Goodwin, Andy and Jez Williams went their separate ways for an indefinite period. Yet the lines between them remained connected and their three-decade-long friendship persisted as the hiatus drew on. In the absence of a plan, the next chapter began to fall into place and in 2018 they announced their long-awaited return.