Doves have started a competition to determine the best rendition of their new song, “Forest House” from their fans, after leaking the sheet music and lyrics to the track online last month.
The Mancunian trio released their new album The Universal Want on Friday, September 11 — their first LP together since 2009’s Kingdom of Rust.
However, prior to the new album’s arrival, they called on fans to interpret the then-unreleased “Forest House” to see if they can get close to the album version, “or create something wildly and brilliantly off-the-mark”.
The entries have now been whittled down online, with the band choosing a selection of their favourites ahead of a final vote from their fans. They include a variety of inspired takes on the track, with Liverpool Cathedral’s Organ Scholar, Dan Greenaway, using all 10,268 organ pipes to deliver the track.
Meanwhile, fan Llion Robertson delivered his impressive own bedroom synth version of the track. You can view all of the entries if you visit Doves’ official website.
Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this week that The Universal Want is racing towards Number One in the UK, currently outselling its four nearest rivals combined.
The Universal Want has already attracted widespread critical acclaim. In a four-star review, NME wrote: “The Manchester trio, once thought lost to the big band retirement home in the sky, bring thumping fairground anthems, an ode to Bowie and words of hope.”
Last Friday, the Mancunian trio shared their latest single “Broken Eyes”, which arrived alongside The Universal Want. “It’s a bittersweet song, connecting with the way we perceive people, but also ourselves and our anxieties,” bassist/vocalist Jimi Goodwin explained of the new track.
Tonight, Doves are set to showcase The Universal Want in its entirety at 10pm BST with a Tim Burgess Twitter Listening Party.
The Universal Want is out now and can be bought here.