Just a couple of weeks before the release of Doves’ fifth album, The Universal Want, the Manchester band have shared the album’s closing track, but it’s up to the fans to work out how it sounds. The sheet music and lyrics for ‘Forest House’ has been leaked, so to speak, by the band – so if you want to hear it, you have to play it.

The chords and lyrics for the track were released, with Doves calling out to musicians of all capabilities, playing any instrument, to interpret the, as yet, unreleased track. You can access the sheet music by visiting https://Doves.lnk.to/ForestHouseSheetSo

Giving away no clues, the band authorised the #dovesleak to tempt musicians, whether existing fans or not, to try and get close to what lies in store on the album or create something wildly and brilliantly off the mark. Not until the release of The Universal Want on 11th September, will experimenting musicians know how close they got to the real ‘Forest House. Doves have offered to reward the most ear-catching version – whether for its accuracy or innovation – with a signed The Universal Want box set and Jimi Goodwin’s original vocals being added to their recording.

The band says: “It’s been eleven years since our last album, and we all know how hard the last few months have been, so let’s have a little fun where we can. Anyone can have a go, even if all they have is an old, beat-up guitar, so let’s see what people can cook up.”

Doves recently announced an extensive tour for next year, where Forest House and previously released tracks from the forthcoming record, both Carousels and Prisoners, will be aired, alongside cherished Doves classics. The full list of dates announced so far for The Universal Want 2021 UK & Ireland Tour are as follows:                                            

Sun 21 Mar         Cardiff, University Great Hall

Mon 22 Mar        Bournemouth, O2 Academy

Tue 23 Mar         Norwich, UEA

Thu 25 Mar         Brighton, Brighton Dome

Fri 26 Mar           London, O2 Academy Brixton

Sat 27 Mar          London, O2 Academy Brixton

Mon 29 Mar        Bristol, O2 Academy

Tue 30 Mar         Birmingham, O2 Academy

Thu 1 Apr           Manchester, O2 Apollo – SOLD OUT

Fri 2 Apr             Nottingham, Rock City

Sat 3 Apr            Newcastle, O2 Academy

Mon 5 Apr          Liverpool, Eventim Olympia

Tue 6 Apr            Dublin, Olympia

Wed 7 Apr          Belfast, Limelight

Fri 9 Apr             Sheffield, O2 Academy

Sat 10 Apr          Glasgow, Barrowland – SOLD OUT

Sat 11 Apr          Glasgow, Barrowland

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