Doves Pick Out Their Favourite Film Soundtracks

Ahead of their performance at Sheffield's Tramlines Festival...

Doves are back.

The Manchester band recently emerged from their lengthy slumber, playing a celebratory show in London's Royal Albert Hall earlier in the year.

2019 will bring yet more live activities, with Doves bringing their full catalogue back to vinyl later this month.

The band will head up the bill at Inner City Live in Birmingham as well as Sheffield's stunning Tramlines festival, a reinvigorated force ready to prove their worth all over again.

Ahead of this, Clash caught up with Doves' Andy Williams to discuss a particular passion – film soundtracks…

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Paul Giovanni and Magnet – 'The Wicker Man’

Eerie, mystical and magical. Willow's Song is such a beautiful song.

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Ennio Morricone – 'A Few Dollars More’

Not a lot more you can say more about the genius of Ennio Morricone that hasn’t been said already. I could have easily picked several of his soundtracks.

Sweeping, emotional music, sometimes with sparse musical motifs and distorted percussion. Doves’ song ‘The Kingdom of Rust’ was very much Morricone-inspired. I remember we called it our theme to a Lancashire spaghetti western film that never got made.

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The Who – ‘Quadrophenia’

Classic songs of teenage desolation, an important soundtrack for all of our youth.

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Philip Glass – 'Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters’

I almost picked his soundtrack to Koyaanisqatsi, which along with the film is totally mesmerising, but in the end went for this as it is so good. Mishima has hypnotic, beautiful, joyous bells and strings and lovely guitar melodies all over it, which is an instrument Philip Glass doesn’t use too often.

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Curtis Mayfield – ‘Superfly’

What hits you first with this is how good the songs, grooves and production are, but then you slowly realise what Curtis is singing about. It is a social commentary of the time, still very relevant, and is effortlessly political.

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Doves perform at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield on July 21st and Inner City Live present Doves in Birmingham on July 28th.

Doves will reissue albums ‘Lost Souls’, ’The Last Broadcast’ and ’Some Cities’ on limited edition vinyl on May 31st.

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