Doves Vinyl, CD & tapes by Doves at Norman Records
Despite releasing indie opuses in the form of 'Lost Souls' and 'The Last Broadcast', Doves were, for my money, one of the most underrated bands of the early noughties. It's strange that 'There Goes There Fear' doesn't have the place in the canon that, say, 'I Am The Resurrection' does. Doves and the Stone Roses share an anthemic, soaring quality.
Doves' music is complex and cinematic but hits that sweet spot of also being massively listenable. Had they started out a few years later when indie bands like Animal Collective and Radiohead were making heavier use of the studio as an instrument, their music might have found a surer footing in the mainstream pop landscape.
Doves have recently reformed and reissued the classic albums 'Lost Souls', 'The Last Broadcast', and 'Some Cities', as well as started out on some live dates. It looks like their music will reach a bigger audience than before which is a good thing indeed.
Doves' music is big-hearted and just sounds massive. After a day listening to Genesis P-Orridge witter on about mass murderers or immersing yourself in the claustrophobic world of Autechre, sometimes you just need to stick Doves on to cleanse yourself.