Doves will be showcasing their new album, The Universal Want, online when they co-host an hour-long slot for one of Tim Burgess’ acclaimed Listening Parties on Twitter on Wednesday, September 16 at 10pm BST.
— Doves (@dovesmusicblog) September 8, 2020
Last Friday, the Mancunian trio shared their latest single “Broken Eyes”, which arrived alongside The Universal Want, the band’s first album in 11 years.
“It’s a bittersweet song, connecting with the way we perceive people, but also ourselves and our anxieties,” bassist/vocalist Jimi Goodwin explained of “Broken Eyes.”
“Broken Eyes” dates back to the band’s initial creative reformation back in 2017 and is the fourth single to be released from The Universal Want, following up “Cathedrals Of The Mind,” “Carousels” and “Prisoners.”
“These songs are a timestamp of where our heads are at the moment,” guitarist Jez Williams told NME in a new interview. “I think it’s still got that yearning that all Doves songs have got. I was trying to tap into a balearic, summer yearning. I also thought there was a lot of self-help in these lyrics, especially on songs like “Cycle Of Hurt” and “Prisoners”. There’s a lot more tapping into mental health issues.”
To commemorate their first album release in 11 years, Doves have released The Universal Want in a number of special edition formats. There’s a colored vinyl edition, a box set that includes vinyl and cassette copies of the album, and a limited-edition remix LP.
Doves, composed of Jimi Goodwin, Andy Williams and Jez Williams, largely self-produced The Universal Want, their fifth album to be released. Its sonic stylings include acid house breakdowns, samples, and moments of spoken word.
The Manchester trio will be taking their latest album on the road on their 17-date UK tour in 2021. Visit the band’s official website for further information.
The Universal Want is out now and can be bought here.