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Kingdom Of Rust Shortlisted For Uncut Award

Kingdom Of Rust was one of 25 albums today shortlisted for the inaugural Uncut award. The award is chosen by the likes of Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes, Billy Bragg & Mark Radcliffe among others.

The shortlist will be cut down to eight, to be announced in the November issue of the magazine out October 27th.

Archive: Last Call With Carson Daly (AVI)

Here’s an Xvid-encoded AVI of Doves’ appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly, as promised earlier this week.

Doves on Last Call With Carson Daly

Click here to download the video.

Unlike the previously-posted MP4 file, this AVI has been encoded to be standalone-compatible with most new DVD or AV players which are equipped to play DivX files.

Thanks again, to NorthWestTapers for capturing the HDTV source file.

Interview & Performance For MN Public Radio’s The Current

Minnesota Public RadioMinnesota Public Radio’s The Current have uploaded an interview and live performance from Jimi, Jez & Martin, recorded earlier today on Jimi’s birthday.

Click here, to listen to the broadcast.

The Time And Space Machine Remix ‘Jetstream’

Producer Richard Norris (a.k.a. The Time And Space Machine) has posted a clip from his remix of Doves’ ‘Jetstream’ on his MySpace page:

His MySpace blog also claims that the song will be the third single released from the Kingdom Of Rust album.

The Time and Space Machine mix of Doves’ “Jetstream” is now up on the player. It is currently being promo’ed by Heavenly/Virgin.

“Jetstream” is set to become the third single from Doves album “Kingdom Of Rust”.

Review Round-Up #14

Better late than never! Here’s a few more reviews of Doves’ Kingdom Of Rust album, from the past few days.

The Yorker, Album Review:

The Yorker

Few bands have come to the world’s attention on the strength of a debut like Doves’ Lost Souls, an album that set an almost impossibly high standard. Nine years and three albums later, the band still have an awful lot to live up to.

Like its two immediate predecessors, Kingdom of Rust falls short of greatness but it is mostly a strong and accomplished album. The basic elements are present; tightly structured songs, great hooks, singalong choruses and immaculate production. The success of this formula is exemplified by ‘Spellbound’, which charges and soars like clockwork. This is hearty music from a group who are, by now, thoroughly comfortable in their collective skin. Indeed, you could be forgiven for mistaking comfort for complacency; it is hard not to suspect that a lot of these songs have been written and perfected before. For that reason, album closer ‘Lifelines’ comes as a welcome surprise. Sounding quite unlike anything that precedes it, the track is a thumping tribute to perseverance in the face of adversity. It is fresh, invigorating and sincere and may just be one of the first great pop songs of 2009.

The Dumfries & Galloway Standard, Album Review:

IT’S ALWAYS tempting and somewhat lazy to compare bands with other outfits within their genre.

Doves however somehow defy that style of reviewing because they are extremely hard to pigeonhole (absolutely no pun intended).

They just do what they do very well.

There’s nothing at all rusty about this album despite the title.

It just does what it says on the tin. Pop music that’s had a wee flirtation with indie but decided that they probably weren’t compatible.

The intro to title track Kingdom of Rust is reminiscent of The Devine Comedy (the band, not Dante’s magnum opus). There’s a superb locomotive of a rhythm and a sweetheart of a chorus that singles this one out as, well, a single.

You may be tempted to stick this one on the stereo on returning from a night out as a wind down from clubbing album given the vibes in the first two tracks.

Don’t go there because there’s a curveball coming that will hit you square in the guts which reminds you just why this lot have sustained.

Winterhill is a get your lighters aloft anthem. It’s what festivals were made for.

Catch Doves at T in the Park where they will confidently showcase this gem. This is Coldplay for happy people.

Artist Direct, Album Review:

Artist Direct

The likenesses between British indie rockers Doves and megastars Coldplay are obvious and expected as the two groups share similar backgrounds, influences and styles. But while the latter have spent the last several years chasing glamour by the tail, the former have opted to sit thoughtfully back and observe the world; a quality which has added a richness and legitimacy to their music.

Doves’ fourth album, Kingdom Of Rust, is an adventurous exploration of all the areas that lie directly outside of their Radiohead-inspired, ethereal and digitally-aided brand of indie rock. From the beautifully atmospheric sci-fi vibe of “Jetstream” to the country/western colored title track, Doves swell in and out of a multitude of different soundscapes, while retaining their inherent sound and integrity all the way through this eleven-track pleaser of the senses. Arranged by The Chemical Brothers’ Tim Rowlands, “10:03″ is among the album’s most innovatively mesmerizing tunes, while Doves’ look backwards to the likes of New Order and Queen for the upbeat and interesting “Compulsion.”

Lacking a single dull or poorly-written moment, Kingdom Of Rust is as honest and tuneful as any album out there today, and one that places Doves miles ahead of their counterparts. Records like this should simply not be ignored.

Archive: 4music Favourites: Doves

Finally, here’s the long-awaited video of the show ‘4music Favourites: Doves’, which aired on Channel 4 in the U.K., nearly a week ago. The show contains brief interviews with the band and live performances of four songs.

4music Favourites

Click here to download the show.

The video is an Xvid-encoded MPEG4 AVI file which should be standalone-compatible with most new DVD or AV players which are equipped to play DivX files.

Review Round-Up #13

A few more reviews which have filtered through during the past week (mostly from U.S. College newsletters)…

The Cornell Daily Sun, Album Review:


The Doves’ newest album, Kingdom of Rust, is definitely not for everyone. It is a cacophony of minor, at times difficult-on-the-ear sounds. That being said, it is likely to be one of the most intriguing, original albums you’ve heard in a long time. The entire album has a strange, almost electronica-like aura, perhaps most notably displayed in the track, “The Outsiders.” It is a little creepy at times, but in general makes for an overarching sound that is both indie and at times reminiscent of classic rock. “House of Mirrors” is probably the most interesting track of the album, constantly changing the prevalent rhythm and tempo while spontaneously adding sound effects and featuring incredible guitar instrumentals. The listener will never get bored, but may, on the contrary, wish for a break, one that comes around the middle of the album. The listener is given room to digest the initial fast-paced music with much slower-paced tracks, beginning with “10:03.” “Ship of Fools” is another track worthy of mention, as its background flow somehow emits the feeling of being on a ship at sea. The Doves have changed since their most widely known album, 2002’s The Last Broadcast, but an open-minded listener will bask in the innovative glory of Kingdom of Rust.

Student Life, Album Review:

Student Life

The band musters a lot of sound for just three guys, carefully layered and interestingly developed, rather than relying on repetitive chords and lines. Of particular note is guitarist Jez Williams, who manages varied effects, from wah-wahs to heavy distortion dripping with resonance to heavy incisive licks, sometimes even within the same song, while making them all seem not only to fit, but also to be absolutely necessary.

To read the full review, click here.

The John Hopkins News-Letter, Album Review:

The John Hopkins News-Letter

Doves bring their most ambitious and bold material out towards the end of Kingdom of Rust. Before guitarist Jez Williams begins singing on “Compulsion,” the sound can be confused with that of another Mancunian threesome, the Bee Gees. With Andy Williams tapping away on the top hat and cymbals and Goodwin laying down a groovy baseline, this song just makes you want to dance like its 1975.

To read the full review, click here.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Album Review:

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

This has been 18 months in the making and they’ve secreted themselves away in a Cheshire farmhouse to record it. The fruits of their extended labour is an album that’s cerebral and eclectic –experimental even. At times they’re wind-up merchants, building up a fever-pitch sense of anticipation without ever flourishing into the longed-for killer chorus. Others range from a Chemical Brothers-kind wallop through to Who-like meandering rock anthems –and that’s before the quiet, orchestral rock intensity and far-off shimmerings. As for where the Lancastrian Spaghetti western-sounding title track fits in –well, it doesn’t.

Archive: Doves On Later With Jools Holland

A third song, ’10:03′, was broadcast on last night’s extended version of the BBC’s ‘Later With Jools Holland’ show.

Doves on 'Later With Jools Holland'

Click here to download a video of the performance.

The video is an Xvid-encoded MPEG4 AVI file which should be standalone-compatible with most new DVD or AV players which are equipped to play DivX files.

Archive: Doves On Later Live

As reported earlier by Nicky, Doves appeared live on U.K. television last night, on BBC2’s ‘Later Live With Jools Holland’ show.

Doves on 'Later Live With Jools Holland'

The band performed ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ and ‘Winter Hill’. Click here to download videos of their appearance.

The videos are Xvid-encoded MPEG4 AVI files which should be standalone-compatible with most new DVD or AV players which are equipped to play DivX files.

Doves on 'Later Live With Jools Holland'

An extended pre-recorded version of the show will be broadcast on BBC2 in the U.K. this coming Friday. It’s possible that at least one more performance or interview will be screened, in addition to their two other already screened appearances.

The Daily Star Claims Celebration Planned

U.K. tabloid newspaper, The Daily Star, claims that Doves are planning “a monumental piss-up of Biblical proportions” to celebrate the Kingdom Of Rust album entering the UK Album Charts at #2.

The feature should be taken with a huge pinch of salt – and you can view it in full, here.