YOU have to admit, it’s pretty much a stroke of genius.
Just weeks before the release of Doves’ fifth album, The Universal Want, the Manchester trio 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.
You wanna hear it, they’re saying: step up and play it, guys.
The 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 it.
You can access the sheet music here.
They authorised the curious tease, which is doing the rounds with the hashtag #dovesleak to tempt musicians to try to get close to what lies in store on the album; or create something wildly and brilliantly off-the-mark.
No one having a crack at “Forest House” will know how faithful their version was until the release of The Universal Want on Friday, September 11th.
And Jimi, Jez and Andy have not only invited exchanges of these versions over social platforms; they’ve offered to reward the most ear-catching version – whether for its accuracy or innovation – with a signed The Universal Want box set and having Jimi Goodwin’s original vocals added to their version.
Visit www.dovesofficial.com and get cracking with your version!