Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Jetstream” by Doves from their 2009 album Kingdom of Rust on Astralwerks.
To think that at one point in their career English rockers Doves were described as “dance rock” is almost impossible to imagine. Yet, ten years ago, the threesome banged out angular, up-tempo tracks for club kids to shake their asses to. When a fire took their studio though, Jez Williams and crew had to reevaluate. Dropping their electronic edge and renaming themselves Doves, the band embraced the sweeping soundscapes of British alternative. Four albums later, Doves have become an emblem of the sort of epic rock worlds so popular in the United Kingdom. “Jetstream” is no outlier; this lengthy track builds from a sonic field of noise, overlayed with Williams haunting vocals to a throbbing explosion of rock that seems better suited for the oxygen-free expanses of the galaxy. Club-friendly dance music this is not.
If you missed Doves when they played The Crocodile and then Sasquatch last month, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a while for their return... years, probably... because they’re back in the UK now. Unfortunately, their MySpace page is woefully out of date, but hopefully they’ll update it now that their U.S. tour is over. At least you can console yourself with this new video for “Winter Hill”:
... and this lo-qual video of “Rise” as performed at The Crocodile when they were in town: