Photo by Alex Edouard, www.alexedouard.co.uk.
Keen to invent new ways to make and release their music, art-pop trio Kotki Dwa have called upon the support of the National Trust in the production of their new album ‘Staycations’, scheduled for release in June 2012. The partnership will see Kotki Dwa recording parts of their new LP in a spectrum of National Trust places picked for their aged acoustics and grand backstories, most recently Upton House in Warwickshire, and Fenton House and Sutton House in London.
[pullquote_right]The Trust’s picturesque outdoor spaces will also inform the album’s artwork and music videos, with the band visiting scores of places from the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales to Devon and Wales.[/pullquote_right]
Alex Ostrowski, lead singer of Kotki Dwa, said: “We thought of approaching the National Trust after deciding on the album’s title.
“Their places attracted us as a way to add atmosphere to the album and build on some of the idealistic imagery in our music, as well as its darker dramatic themes.
“We each live in different parts of the country too, so we’re used to travelling around to make our music.”
Andrew McLaughlin, Assistant Director of Communications for the National Trust, said:
“Kotki Dwa approached us last year with impressive proposals to celebrate National Trust properties in a new and creative way, taking their album title as the starting point.
“Thanks to the staycation trend, more and more people are discovering the amazing places on their doorstep.
“Whether it’s the great outdoors or the great indoors, visitors often tell us that the places that we look after give them great inspiration. Recording an album with us is a perfect fit for everything we’re about.”
The band are collaborating with film director Geoffrey Taylor to capture the project as it unfolds, allowing fans to follow the album’s progress online. For the album artwork, Kotki Dwa have enlisted photographer Alex Edouard to explore the beauty of The Trust’s most dramatic outdoor spots. ‘Staycations’ will be released by Kotki Dwa in June 2012, with limited edition physical packages distributed through a selection of National Trust outlets. To launch the album, Kotki Dwa will invite audiences to one of the Trust’s London properties for a special live performance this summer.
Kotki Dwa have steadily earned a loyal following for their exciting independent ethic, uniquely armed to execute the unconventional project. To date, the band have had their music exhibited in the Tate Modern gallery, hosted Polish paper cutting workshops on The Southbank, and combined molecular gastronomy with live performance to release their Lunch EP last November. ‘Staycations’ is their biggest project yet, yielding the first full-length album since their self-released debut in 2007 (“8/10, utterly essential” – NME).
Follow the project at www.kotkidwa.com.