Doves’ Jimi Goodwin teams up with Elbow for debut solo album

Plus singer says his band will return one day

Doves frontman Jimi Goodwin has announced he’s recording a solo album.

The singer has joined forces with Elbow‘s Guy Garvey to work on a couple of tracks over the summer. Goodwin previously sang on Elbow‘s ‘Grace Under Pressure’, while Garvey featured on two songs from Doves‘ 2005 album, ‘Some Cities’.

He told BBC 6 Music:

I’m loathe to call it a solo record but it probably is. It’s shaping up to be like a mad mix tape, no pause for breath, no gaps between songs, going from 140BPM carnival-style freak-out to a folk track then hitting a hip-hop-esque beat.


Goodwin added:

Me and [Guy] Garvey have always threatened to write together and we finally got a chance to do that in the summer at [Peter Gabriel‘s] Real World Studios. I came down for a weekend and we finally got round to touching on a couple of tracks that we’d sent each other, we made progress on a couple of songs that will almost definitely make this record whatever it is I am making.

The singer also confirmed that’s he working on a soundtrack for a documentary entitled The Bird Effect and, despite guitarist Jez Williams previously telling NME Doves could be over, he said the Wilmslow trio will return one day.

Goodwin said:

After 23, 24 years together… I think we just needed to recharge the batteries and do some things to feed ourselves as individuals. There hasn’t been a big fall-out or anything like that. We’re all doing something, and we’ll bring it back to the table one day, whenever that might be.