THE DOVES: KINGDOM OF RUST

by melissa daniels

Those of you who dig indie rock from across the Atlantic will be thrilled by the newest release from the Manchester-based trio Doves, whose Kingdom of Rust gets released stateside this Tuesday after a long four years since their last album.

Artist: Doves
Song: Jetstream


2005′s Some Cities went straight to number one on the UK album charts, so Kingdom of Rust has been highly anticipated by critics and fans alike.  But the wait was well-worth it, as the group once again delivers a record jam-packed with brilliant little musical moments encased in sweeping, fulfilling songs.

In the United States, Kingdom of Rust is being released on Astralwerks-the electronic music label that’s home to Kraftwerk, Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. It’s good company for Doves, whose added effects and production evoke deliciously atmospheric tension and swells. One example is the title track, with spacey, delay-infused verses and a hooky, pick-me-up chorus.

Tracks like “10:03″ and “The Greatest Denier” create movements within themselves, full of epic, satisfying climaxes. With softer takes like “Birds Flying Backwards,” and “Spellbound,”  Kingdom of Rust kindles sweetness in mournful melodies . The record closes with Doves doing what they do best with the patient, dynamic emotion of “Lifelines.”


Known for their layered, landscaping background sounds, Kingdom of Rust stays consistent with the past three studio albums from Doves and adds to their collection of melodic and soothing alt-rock songs. Songs like “The Outsider” give us gritty, trashy guitar grooves, and “House of Mirrors” offers trippy, 60s rock  licks- illuminating the fact that Doves is the kind of group that can take any musical style and weave it into a trademark-sounding song, a la Coldplay or Snow Patrol.

Artist: Doves
Song: Birds Flew Backwards


With that in mind, it’s a common-known shame that most music listeners aren’t familiar with these guys. Here’s hoping that Kingdom of Rust,  in all its saddened glory, will reach the ears of new listeners as reliable, retainable and altogether rewarding British rock.

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