Staycations (Album July 2012) | Kotki Dwa
I just posted this album on the Bandcamp staff picks which appear on the home page. It’s by a band I’ve met a couple of times (like me, they spend their Christmas Eve in the Crewe Arms in the sleepy Northamptonshire village of Hinton-in-the-Hedges, where I grew up), and I’ve been waiting to see the finished product for over a year.
In the true spirit of DIY and bands finding their own unique way of recording and releasing music, they asked the National Trust to sponsor their record. They spent months travelling to stately homes around the country and recording the album in wine cellars, bedrooms, attics and other random nooks and crannies of these historic buildings.
The National Trust is an unlikely indie record label, but I think it’s a genius idea. Their album (which is packaged as a cloth-bound book with the lyrics on a set of National Trust postcards) is now stocked in the gift shops of these houses, presumably alongside Alan Titchmarsh audio books and Classic FM compilations.
They made a few videos of the project, which show just how bizarre and amusing the whole idea is. Check this out:
National Trust supports Kotki Dwa’s new album ‘Staycations’ from Kotki Dwa on Vimeo.