Just weeks before the release of Doves’ new album, The Universal Want, the cherished Manchester-band has shared the album’s closing track, Forest House, but have left it to fans to work out how it sounds – by ‘leaking’ the sheet music and lyrics. For fans to hear it first, they have to play it first.
Chords and lyrics were made available today via the band’s social media channels and website, with Doves calling out to musicians of all capabilities, playing any instrument, to interpret the, as yet, unreleased track. To access the notation visit https://Doves.lnk.to/
Giving away no clues, the band – who shattered preconceptions with the release of the complex, sample-based Carousels back in June – authorised the #dovesleak to tempt musicians, whether existing fans or not, to try and get close to what lies in store on the album or create something wildly and brilliantly off-the-mark. Not until the release of The Universal Want on Fri 11 September 2020, will experimenting musicians know how close they got to the ‘real’ Forest House.
Inviting exchanges over social media, anyone can hear new Doves music for the very first time, but only by tackling the track themselves with the band only too keen to hear the results. They have offered to reward the most ear-catching version – whether for its accuracy or innovation – with a signed The Universal Want Box Set AND Jimi Goodwin’s original vocals being added to their recording.
The band says: “It’s been eleven years since our last album, and we all know how hard the last few months have been, so let’s have a little fun where we can. Anyone can have a go, even if all they have is an old, beat-up guitar, so let’s see what people can cook up.”
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