Doves ‘Kingdom of Rust’

Kingdom Of Rust

1 Jetstream
2. Kingdom Of Rust
3. The Outsiders
4. Winter Hill
5. 10:03
6. The Greatest Denier
7. Birds Flew Backwards
8. Spellbound
9. Compulsion
10.House Of Mirrors

Having ensconced themselves to a farm house–come-studio in Cheshire it took Doves 18 months to record the album. In doing so they teamed up with long time Doves collaborator Dan Austin to co produce all but two tracks on ‘Kingdom Of Rust’. For the remaining two tracks Doves enlisted producer John Leckie (Stone Roses, Radiohead) to record ‘Winter Hill’ and ‘10.03’. ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ was mixed by Michael Brauer, Dan Austin and the band.

Upon first listening ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ sounds unequivocally Doves, maybe it’s because it’s been conceived with their trademark intensity. That said, ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ takes Doves into more uncharted and experimental territory than ever before.

Take the first track on the album ‘Jetstream’, a track Doves gave a way last month via, fitted with a kraut motorik, it’s a kraftwerk kissed electro pearl. In contrast eponymous title track ‘Kingdom Of Rust’, is a broad stroke of Lancastrian spaghetti Western drama. Elsewhere ‘Compulsion’ sees Doves achieving a homage to the kind of wonky-leftfield disco that experiments that might have been played out at The Loft or the Paradise Factory in their 80s hey day, While, ‘The Outsider’ sounds like what may have happened had time allowed Chuck Berry to Jam with Joy Division. Include, the Tom Rowlands (Chemical Brothers) arranged 10.03, and anthems in waiting ‘Winter Hill’ and ‘Greatest Denier’ to that list you have the most expansive and rhythmic Doves record to date.

The Guardian

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