Doves returned in 2009 with the release of ‘Kingdom of Rust’ (Heavenly Recordings), an album that is arguably Doves’ most sonically adventurous, intimate, cerebral, rhythmic and most eclectic record to date.
Doves recorded ‘Kingdom of Rust’ over 18 months, having ensconced themselves to a farm house–come-studio in Cheshire. 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’, atrack Doves gave a way via www.doves.net, fitted with a kraut motorik, it’sa 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.