NME.COM can reveal the band's forthcoming album is set to be one of the pivotal records of 2002...

Doves‘ second LP looks set be one of the albums of 2002, NME.COM can reveal.

The as-yet-untitled album, the follow-up to 2000’s ‘Lost Souls’, promises to be an important record and possibly the album which breaks them in the US, judging by new material which NME.COM has heard.

Speaking in this week’s NME, drummer Andy Williams said: “It’s not quite finished yet, but it’s shaping up really well. It’s more up and positive than ‘Lost Souls’. We used a lot of different sounds and instruments – brass and woodwind on a couple of tracks, and some strings. We’ve got a bit more money now, so we can do exactly what we want. Not to say that we’ve blown it and got an 80-piece orchestra in or anything!

“Sean O’Hagen from the High Llamas has done some string things on a couple tunes – one’s called ‘Friday’s Dust’ and the other’s ‘Sulphur Man’. We’re experimenting with different sounds – there’s one song with Latin salsa percussion on it. It’s more groove-based – I mean, there’s nothing approaching dance music on it – but it’s got more of a head-nodding vibe on it.”

For the full story, see this week’s NME, which is out in London now, and nationwide tomorrow (January 9).

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