Doves (USA)
333


3.3
great

Review

by BlushfulHippocrene STAFF
March 21st, 2019 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is the one.

At what stage should an artist force themselves into their work?Or – if indulgence is what the reader craves – at what stage should a writer inject themselves into their critique of that work?“Well, never…” might be the correct answer – the less one’s forced to grapple with shallow presumptions about what is “objective” (in art) the better. Yet, for the self-diagnosed egoist, self-effacement doesn’t come without some pains. In order to thrust oneself into the background (or, more to the point, remove onself from the painting altogether), a sort of self-discipline must foreground itself. An ego-killing, masochistic castigation of self. When Doves manipulates a Future interview, then, distorting the Atlanta rapper’s disembodied voice, one can’t help but applaud. “This album is the one,” the voice explains, via the EP’s opener, ‘One’. “An update for the fans.”

What a little sneak.

Seconds later, the voice is rushed with shocks of static. A gorgeous sample of something unknown to the writer – though which, he insists, is no less magical – manifests. For mere moments. Before the song turns to turbulence. Before each of its disparate elements collide, causing it to avalanche in on itself, in a wave of sound that is as much song as it is scream.

Forgoing the sample-verse-feature-verse-sample structure that characterises the better part of the singer-producer’s work, the one-two (three-four, jab-cross-knee-kick) combination that is the EP’s first four track strikes me as something more akin to that of a long metalcore interlude. To elimate all suspicion: there are no breakdowns. But what one can expect over the course of the project’s narrow, ten-minute runtime, is a shit-flinging that is as thoughtful as it is self-negating. Much like ‘One’, ‘Two’ forgoes the singing, choosing to flavour its pulsing, electronic glitz with some far less glamorous screams. But it does represent, for the project, something like the dipping of toes: it’s on the EP’s third track, ‘Three’, that the fractured mould shatters, beckoning – at last – Doves’ characteristic drawl.

In truth, there’s some pretence there. A far simpler explanation would be that 333 is two instrumental tracks; two sample-laden “emo-trap” concoctions; and a closer that somehow marries Doves’ delicate-songwriting with his penchant for bombastic production. There is no point to 333, however. The opener – or, rather, Future’s words on that opener – might hint at something more foundational, but Doves himself doesn’t seem to think so. Little context is provided for the release. Via Twitter, the artist dismissed the project as a “two track [EP]” with “three bonus tracks” – and “shit” ones at that. In spite of all the self-effacement, however, the project – and, to a more significant extent, the better part of Doves’ career – reads like a poem scrawled in blood.

An even greater pretence! I’ll concede. But where 333 fails is in its illusion that it at all manages to separate art from artist. Sure, there comes a point in the process of creation wherein the art adopts a life of its own. For all its attempts at distortion, however – its bombast, its silence, its holding off – 333 is as potent a reflection of the artist as one could hope. An artist whose presence stains each of the project’s twists and turns – its success, its failures, and, most important of all, its moments of self-sabotage and -effacement.




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oltnabrick
March 21st 2019


36698 Comments


i mean of all the døves albums to review lol i guess

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BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2019


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

I dunno, all his projects have that "whatever, here" quality -- this epitomises that, which is the worst and also best thing about him.

oltnabrick
March 21st 2019


36698 Comments


yeah i guess. he def has the potential to do better lmao

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2019


15210 Comments


Lovely review as always my friend, loved the sense of humor here as well (:

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
March 22nd 2019


595 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

as much as I like the idea of hardstyle and euro edm influence mixing with the whole emo trap deal on paper, this feels like the least possible effort that could've been exuded to blend the 2



genre needs individuality and/or character so bad

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2019


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Thanks Neeka.

"this feels like the least possible effort that could've been exuded to blend the 2" -- yeah, if I didn't already have some attachment to the(se) artist(s) I'd probably agree. I think if Doves went all out he'd be the one to mix those specific styles best, but a lot more definitely can / needs to be done.

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
March 22nd 2019


595 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

man I might just fuck around and do it just to make sure it exists

CaliggyJack
March 22nd 2019


2798 Comments


Holy shit how the fuck did you get a question mark on there?

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2019


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

You seem to be able to use other sorts of question marks, just not the default typface? Or, in other words, if you copy-paste these ones or use, like, emoji ones, they work. I usually just copy them from Sowing reviews.



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