Doves on new single ‘Prisoner’, “self care” and long-awaited album ‘The Universal Want’

Doves on new single ‘Prisoner’, “self care” and long-awaited
album ‘The Universal Want’, Shop Ticket Snatchers

Doves on new single ‘Prisoner’, “self care” and long-awaited
album ‘The Universal Want’, Shop Ticket Snatchers

Doves have
announced details of their first album in 11 years as well as
sharing new single ‘Prisoners’. Check it out below along with
our exclusive interview with frontman Jimi Goodwin.

Having
recently shared the Tony Allen-sampling comeback single
‘Carousels
‘, the indie veterans have now revealed that
they’ll be dropping their fifth album ‘The Universal Want’ in
September. Speaking to NME about the cosmic new track
‘Prisoners’, Goodwin said that it held a lot of the band’s
“DNA” of hoping for a better tomorrow.

“‘Prisoners’ is about that yearning that Doves have always
had,” said Goodwin. “Just over the horizon, there’s always
something better.Sometimes we get trapped by our own behaviour.
You can be a prisoner of your own thoughts. They can take you to
some pretty dark and unexpected places if you let them. It’s a
song about checking yourself. It’s not to do with lockdown or the
pandemic, it’s just the day to day wellbeing. A lot of Doves
lyrics are shot through with that notion of having a word with
yourself.â€

The frontman continued: â€œSelf care is getting easier, and it
should never have been taboo to speak about mental health. People
are more inclined to show their emotions a bit more these days. A
problem shared is a problem halved. There’s nothing wrong with
saying, ‘This life caper is hard’.â€

As for the rest of ‘The Universal Want’, Goodwin assured
fans: “I just know that we’ve made a really good Doves record
that represents where we are and where we’ve been for the past 11
years.â€

“It’s probably the most organically-made Doves record,†he
told NME. “No one was second-guessing it. It was born out of
chatting to each other over email. I was meant to be doing my next
solo record and they were supposed to be doing a new Black Rivers
album. We started pooling all our material and the material that we
couldn’t work into shape on the last record ‘Kingdom Of
Rust’.â€

Doves on new single ‘Prisoner’, “self care” and long-awaited
album ‘The Universal Want’, Shop Ticket SnatchersDoves, 2020. Credit: Jon
Shard 2000

After reuniting
for a string of gigs
 last year that included a
huge sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall for Teenage
Cancer Trust, 
Goodwin said that the chemistry of the band was
as strong as it had ever been – and that time away has allowed
them to appreciate being in a band together much more.

“Time really does fly and I can’t believe it’s been 11
years,†he said. “We’re friends at the end of the day, and we
just clicked back into place like it was yesterday. It’s nice to
have had that space between the records. It was starting to feel
like punching the clock a little bit before we took a break.â€

Describing last year’s comeback shows as “absolutely
wonderfulâ€, Goodwin explained how the band were planning to hit
the road again in 2021 and share more new music with fans.

“We’re rehearsing songs from the new album so we’ll be
ready when we’re allowed to play live again next year,†he
said. â€œThere was originally talk of doing a theatre tour this
September, but the pandemic came along and put that to bed. Our
first gig back at the Royal Albert Hall was so special, and we
couldn’t have dreamed of a better cause or a better building to
play for people who wanted to see us operate.â€

Goodwin added: “We find ourselves in the middle of such
strange world events. It’s still exciting to be releasing music,
because I’m dead proud of what we’ve managed to pull together
after 11 years. It’s like what Picasso said when German troops
marched into Paris. He was painting an apple at the time and said,
‘Keep drawing your apple’. Keep doing what you do.â€

Doves on new single ‘Prisoner’, “self care” and long-awaited
album ‘The Universal Want’, Shop Ticket SnatchersThe artwork for Doves’
‘The Universal Want’, by photographer Maria Lax

Doves release ‘The Universal Want’ on September 11.
Pre-order the album here and check out the tracklist below.

‘Carousels’
‘I Will Not Hide’
‘Broken Eyes’
‘For Tomorrow’ 
‘Cathedrals Of The Mind’
‘Prisoners’
‘Cycle Of Hurt’
‘Mother Silver Lake’
‘Universal Want’
‘Forest House’

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Doves have
announced details of their first album in 11 years as well as
sharing new single ‘Prisoners’. Check it out below along with
our exclusive interview with frontman Jimi Goodwin.
Having
recently shared the Tony Allen-sampling comeback single
‘Carousels‘, the indie veterans have now revealed that
they’ll be dropping their fifth album ‘The Universal Want’ in
September. Speaking to NME about the cosmic new track
‘Prisoners’, Goodwin said that it held a lot of the band’s
“DNA” of hoping for a better tomorrow.
“‘Prisoners’ is about that yearning that Doves have always
had,” said Goodwin. “Just over the horizon, there’s always
something better.Sometimes we get trapped by our own behaviour.
You can be a prisoner of your own thoughts. They can take you to
some pretty dark and unexpected places if you let them. It’s a
song about checking yourself. It’s not to do with lockdown or the
pandemic, it’s just the day to day wellbeing. A lot of Doves
lyrics are shot through with that notion of having a word with
yourself.â€
The frontman continued: â€œSelf care is getting easier, and it
should never have been taboo to speak about mental health. People
are more inclined to show their emotions a bit more these days. A
problem shared is a problem halved. There’s nothing wrong with
saying, ‘This life caper is hard’.â€

As for the rest of ‘The Universal Want’, Goodwin assured
fans: “I just know that we’ve made a really good Doves record
that represents where we are and where we’ve been for the past 11
years.â€
“It’s probably the most organically-made Doves record,†he
told NME. “No one was second-guessing it. It was born out of
chatting to each other over email. I was meant to be doing my next
solo record and they were supposed to be doing a new Black Rivers
album. We started pooling all our material and the material that we
couldn’t work into shape on the last record ‘Kingdom Of
Rust’.â€
Doves, 2020. Credit: Jon
Shard 2000
After reuniting
for a string of gigs last year that included a
huge sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall for Teenage
Cancer Trust, Goodwin said that the chemistry of the band was
as strong as it had ever been – and that time away has allowed
them to appreciate being in a band together much more.
“Time really does fly and I can’t believe it’s been 11
years,†he said. “We’re friends at the end of the day, and we
just clicked back into place like it was yesterday. It’s nice to
have had that space between the records. It was starting to feel
like punching the clock a little bit before we took a break.â€

Describing last year’s comeback shows as “absolutely
wonderfulâ€, Goodwin explained how the band were planning to hit
the road again in 2021 and share more new music with fans.
“We’re rehearsing songs from the new album so we’ll be
ready when we’re allowed to play live again next year,†he
said. â€œThere was originally talk of doing a theatre tour this
September, but the pandemic came along and put that to bed. Our
first gig back at the Royal Albert Hall was so special, and we
couldn’t have dreamed of a better cause or a better building to
play for people who wanted to see us operate.â€
Goodwin added: “We find ourselves in the middle of such
strange world events. It’s still exciting to be releasing music,
because I’m dead proud of what we’ve managed to pull together
after 11 years. It’s like what Picasso said when German troops
marched into Paris. He was painting an apple at the time and said,
‘Keep drawing your apple’. Keep doing what you do.â€
The artwork for Doves’
‘The Universal Want’, by photographer Maria Lax
Doves release ‘The Universal Want’ on September 11.
Pre-order the album here and check out the tracklist below.
‘Carousels’‘I Will Not Hide’‘Broken Eyes’‘For Tomorrow’ â€˜Cathedrals Of The Mind’‘Prisoners’‘Cycle Of Hurt’‘Mother Silver Lake’‘Universal Want’‘Forest House’
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Doves on new single ‘Prisoner’, “self care†and
long-awaited album ‘The Universal Want’ appeared first on
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