Odludek is a Polish word, meaning loner, pilgrim, traveller or hermit.
Given Jimi Goodwin’s career path so far, always being part of a band, it’s the perfect name for the album that sees him finally going it alone.
“I’m doing this on my own, without my safety net of collaborators, Jez and Andy,” he says. “This album was all down to me, my gut and my hunches. I’ve made a record that I wanted to hear, but I wanted some craziness on there.”
Jez and Andy are the Williams brothers, schoolmates-turned-bandmates of Goodwin’s, first during their time as Manchester’s premier post-acid house chart botherers Sub Sub - you’ll know their 1993 hit Ain’t No Love, Ain’t No Use - and later in Doves.
Based on things Goodwin says, it sounds as if the making of Doves’ fourth album Kingdom Of Rust was so draining, with the trio working on it every day for three years, they each decided it was time to try something else.
Odludek, then, as you might expect from Doves’ principal songwriter and singer, isn’t a million miles away from the band’s past work. Didsbury Girl, for example, would’ve been right at home on their third album Some Cities. Once Goodwin explains the song, however, that makes complete sense.
“Didsbury Girl is the oldest track on the record, I first demoed that for Doves in 2004,” he says. “It didn’t make the cut and I forgot about it, but when I started making Odludek I went back to it and it’s still good, it still moves me.”
Lyrically, like much of Odludek, the song’s laden with sage advice. In this particular case, it was inspired by Goodwin’s teenage daughter.
“I had this image of someone growing up, a teenager realising that young adulthood isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. There are some big shocks when you have to fend for yourself and live in a so-called grown-up way.”