Show DescriptionDoveman plays lamp rock and insomnia pop, drawing deeply from downtown jazz, new classical, slowcore, debonair ‘60s pop, and ambient music to create an unusual and delicate sound that The New York Press says "evokes that rare moment when nostalgia and sadness meets love." Time Out New York once remarked that Doveman singer Thomas Bartlett “often sounds as if he’s on the brink of passing out from heartache fumes,” but Doveman’s music isn’t about fainting but rather the rapturous swoon which precedes it. Doveman's debut record, The Acrobat, is reminiscent of downbeat masters of melancholy like Nick Drake, Before and After Science-era Eno, and the latter-day Talk Talk, and the music has the unmistakable ring of pre-dawn loneliness, as intimate as it is forlorn. Tonight Doveman plays his remarkable version of the Footloose soundtrack.
This year, Doveman has been picked by New York Magazine in the 2008 Culture Awards: The Best in Pop!
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Best Nutty Covers: Doveman
This was the year that covering someone else’s song became an art form unto itself: a challenge to totally reinvent a song, the cheesier the tune, the better. Grizzly Bear—already known for their love of Paul Simon’s Graceland—put a starkly minimalist slant on Yes’s “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” Lo-fi singer and pianist Doveman took the cover concept to a whole new level, bringing his special brand of introspection to the entire Footloose soundtrack, with occasionally brilliant results. And let us not forget the umpteen versions of Rihanna’s ubiquitous “Umbrella,” with standouts from Manic Street Preachers (fuzzy British alt rock) and, yes, Mandy Moore, who convincingly turned it into a plaintive love song. Click here for the full article