Jimi Goodwin – “Oh! Whiskey”

English singer-songwriter Jimi Goodwin will be releasing his solo album Odludek early next year. Goodwin is the interdisciplinary vocalist/guitarist/bassist behind Doves, who we haven’t heard from since they released 2009’s Kingdom Of Rust. Goodwin will be touring alongside fellow early 2000s English indie-rock band Elbow, who were nominated for a Mercury Prize back in 2011 for their album Build A Rocket Boys! (their new record, Album #6, is due out in March of 2014). “Oh! Whiskey” is the first single off of Odludek, and it’s a stomach-warming downer of a song. In the opening chorus Goodwin sings, “Oh! Whiskey give me patience/Oh! Whiskey give me truth/Oh! Whiskey give me empathy/Just don’t give me the blues.” It is later revealed that whiskey is not encouraging any of these positive things, it is mostly just bumming him out. What’s remarkable about “Oh! Whiskey” is the way it changes motion without sounding disjointed. Midway through the track, Goodwin’s voice picks up along with the melody and the drumbeat morphs into something spluttering and halfway-hopeful. Listen Below.

01 “Terracotta Warrior”
02 “Didsbury Girl”
03 “Live Like A River”
04 “Hope”
05 “Man V Dingo”
06 “Keep My Soul In Song”
07 vOh! Whiskey”
08 “The Ghost Of The Empties”
09 “Lonely At The Drop”
10 “Panic Tree”

Odludek is out 3/24 via Heavenly Records.