Prisoners YouTube Premiere

The video for our forthcoming new single ‘Prisoners’ will premiere on YouTube tomorrow at 5PM BST. Watch and chat live with other fans.

Go ahead and set the reminder now by clicking here.

Also at 5PM BST tomorrow, Prisoners will get first play on BBC Radio 6 Music with Steve Lamacq. Jez will also be interviewed. Its all happening..

New Single – Prisoners

You can now pre-save our forthcoming new single ‘Prisoners’ on Spotify ahead of the release on Thursday July 9th at 5pm. Click here to do so.

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Doves posted this image today across their social media channels, encouraging fans to sign up to their email list ahead of what’s likely to be more news incoming!

The Guardian Review Carousels

Dust off your Clarks tan desert boots because Doves are back! Yes, after a bit of a break, Jimi with the beard, Jez with the guitar – was it? – and his brother Andy at the back, have popped a new song online. It’s classic Doves, actually: more experimental than they get credit for; epic yet strangely comforting and infused with the very specific mopey sadness of a large basset hound.

From today’s The Guardian.

Guy Garvey on the New Album

Once again, thanks to John Mc for the scan! 👊 Guy Garvey isn’t giving much away here! 👀 Click on the article to read the full thing.

Carousels Reaction!

The Modernist Interview

Andy spoke to Eddy Rhead at the Modernist to discuss Yoni Weisberg’s video for Carousels, his love of architecture and more. Read the full interview here.

The lyrics to Carousels has been added to the site. You can see them here.

Single of the Week

Thanks to regular blog contributor John, for this clipping from today’s Sunday Mirror. See something Doves in the press? Email it to dovesmusicblog @

First Review

Much love and thanks to good friend of DMB, Paul Bingley for this eloquent review of Carousels. I could not have put it better myself.

One Finished Symphony.

Us Doves fans are hardy souls. We routinely experience fleeting moments of overwhelming joy, punctuated by long years of mental anguish. As soon as our heroes re-appear, they’re gone again. It says something about Doves that they can vanish for over a decade and still return to such devoted adoration. No other band commands the same respect. And one listen to Carousels should tell non-fans why.

This is Doves at their supreme magnificence. This is epic, multi-layered, sonic wonderfulness. This is how goose bumps are made; how hairs are made to stand on end; how one can sit there for hours and hours playing the same song on an endless loop like I have today (and as I did with Kingdom of Rust). Maybe it’s because I keep trying to stay ‘in the moment’ in case they bugger off again.

I forgot, until it was pointed out, that Carousels actually started life as a Black Rivers’ demo. I then remembered seeing a video of Jez working on the track while Andy ‘waltzed’ around the Anglesey farmhouse they were recording in. It was a time when we, as Doves fans, were happy to hear any form of Doves, no matter how distant the band was. As I watched that video, I kept thinking how good the track sounded. But as with some Black Rivers’ offerings, brilliant though they always were, it was missing something – a key ingredient – one that would help take it to the ‘masterpiece’ level. All it needed was a dash of Jimi.

Well, here it is. The finished dish. Jimi’s vocals of ‘muddy fields’ and ‘circles of trust’ have been blended with stirring strings and a hypno-rhythmic drumbeat to make Carousels lusciously good. They’re back again – those Mancunian waltzers. There’s even a There Goes the Fear samba-sounding soupçon. This is an authentic, Michelin-starred, three-course feast of song, made by the finest musical chefs this side of tune heaven.

In my opinion, Carousels is the best Doves’ serving since Kingdom of Rust, which, in my opinion, remains one of the greatest musical scores ever produced. But then I would say that, wouldn’t I. I’m a hardy soul who loves Doves, no matter how many times they bleedin’ fly away. That’s because I know they’ll always be here with symphonies like this.

Carousels Launch Day

Video directed by: Yoni Weisberg.

A memorable day here at DMB HQ, on a day when Doves jumped back on the new music merry go ’round with their rather hot new single Carousels. The track was produced by Doves, engineered by Dan Austin and mixed by Craig Silvey.

24-bit & 16-bit audio files are available from Qubuz (UK) & the US platform here.

Jimi spoke to NME about Carousels and more. Read the interview here.

Let the band know what you think of the track on one of their social media channels. The band posted this note on their facebook..

Its good to have them back, they have been missed. The year just got a bit brighter..


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