Kotki Dwa Release New Album 'Staycations' With The National Trust

Kotki Dwa Release New Album 'Staycations' With The National Trust

Art pop trio Kotki Dwa today release their new album Staycations, which they have produced in partnership with the National Trust.

Conceived over a year ago by the band as a new way to make and release their music, the partnership has seen them recording much of their album in National Trust places, picked for their aged acoustics and dramatic backstories.

Recording trips were made to Upton House in Warwickshire, Tyntesfield near Bristol and Fenton House in London where Kotki Dwa even borrowed one of the ancient harpsichords.

The music video [1] for the album's title track, directed by filmmaker Geoffrey Taylor, shows the band holidaying in The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and many other places in National Trust care.

The album's cover artwork was shot by photographer Alex Edouard, featuring Worm's Head in Wales, a small island off the Gower Peninsula.

Alex Ostrowski, lead singer of Kotki Dwa, said: "We've been having a lot of fun. Normally we make our music in a simple room, so it's been great stretching our legs.

"We've been able to choose locations which suit the songs on the album, so if there's a song which mentions the plague - we'll be sure to record it in the haunted basement of Sutton House, built as an escape from filthy central London back in Tudor times.

"We hope the process of recording and capturing these old acoustics has given the album a special atmosphere, building on the idealistic imagery in our lyrics as well as the darker dramatic themes".

Already pricking up the ears of Steve Lamacq and Rob Da Bank, Kotki Dwa will launch their new album with a very special show at Sutton House in London, where they recorded vocals for the track 'Guests'.

The 'Summer Punch Up' event is being described as a 'twilight punch picnic', with surreal campfire food and flowing punch, as well as live support and a DJ set from NZCA/LINES [2].

To see how Kotki Dwa went about the project, check out the brilliant documentary films produced by Geoffrey Taylor, available at the band's vimeo page [3].

Last year the National Trust and Decca Records have joined forces to release Never Mind the Dovecotes - a celebration of British punk, featuring artists such as The Jam, Sex Pistols, and The Fall.

In 2010 Jarvis Cocker worked with the National Trust to produce an album of natural sounds at 13 of its places across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. National Trust: The Album has been downloaded more than 20,000 times from iTunes.