Hot off the press, here's an album comprising solely of British natural sounds including birdsong, crashing waves and wind breezing through a country garden.
I read about this the other day and checked out the free download off the National Trust website. If you sent them an email you could win an actual CD copy though, with a proper sleeve and all that. I duly sent off an email and got lucky! None of yer 192 pish here, you can experience your trip in luxurious 320kbps thanks to the kind folks at the National Trust.
The sounds? Just the ticket to help my ears recover from the sonic motorik attack that was Holy Fuck at King Tuts last night. Their new album's fuckin ace by the way, you should go check it oot. I picked it up on delicious gatefold vinyl with a stencil sleeve at the gig, or rather m'lady did as the Ripped In Glasgow purse is a bit cobwebby until next payday. That'll be the Neu! box and London antics then...
Here's what Jarvis says:
“I hope this album is a “Holiday for the Ears”. It’s not really meant to be listened to intently, like a piece of music, but more as something to have on in the background to aid relaxation or contemplation. Plus, you get to visit 13 National Trust properties in the space of 30 minutes. No mean feat. I hope it has the feel of one continuous journey and conjures up an image in the mind’s eye of the places featured. I also hope it could inspire the listeners to then visit the sites for themselves.”
It's the Chill Out for the new millenium - all that's missing is the Elvis sample...
Jarvis Cocker - National Trust: The Album (Time To Think)
1 - Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire (garden stroll with the crunch of gravel underfoot)
2 - Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire (birdsong)
3 - Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset (waves lapping against the shore)
4 - Ham House, Richmond, Surrey (footsteps along the Long Gallery)
5 - Chartwell, Westerham, Kent (creaking stairs of the grand staircase)
6 - Upton House, Banbury, Warwickshire (game of billiards at play)
7 - Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall (music box playing in the Nursery)
8 - Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow, Cheshire (children playing at the Apprentice House)
9 - Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon, York (birdsong in the water garden)
10 - Powis Castle & Garden, Welshpool, Powys (gardeners at work in the formal garden)
11 - Patterson’s Spade Mill, Ballyclare, County Antrim (mill at work)
12 - Blickling Hall, Norwich, Norfolk (sounds of clocks in the hall)
13 - Blickling Hall, Norwich, Norfolk (wind in the clock tower)
Visit the National Trust website here