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Music review:
Lost Souls - Doves

Rising from the ashes of Manchester’s early-nineties dance scene come Doves with a debut album of rare and intense melancholic beauty.

Comprising twin brothers Jez and Andy Williams, guitar and drums respectively, with Jimi Goodwin on bass and vocals, we last heard from them as Sub Sub with summer floor-filler Ain’t No Use.

Lost Souls is an altogether different beast with its hypnotic landscape of infectious psychedelia and plaintive Mancunian torch songs. A record that wears its disguises well from the ethereal stroll of opening track Firesuite to the gently plodding groove and ghostly Beatles’ drum refrain of Here It Comes.

With support from New Order manager Rob Gretton, Lost Souls is the result of four years locked away after losing all their equipment and recorded material in a studio fire. A blessing in considerable disguise.

Whether it’s the slow-burning optimism of The Cedar Room, the breezy La’s swagger of Melody Calls or the sublime Break Me Gently, Doves have crafted an album of beguiling and infectious songs; a subtle and haunting collection that slips furtively into your head and rests there comfortably.