Published May 12, 2010If you found Jarvis Cocker's last album, 2009's Further Complications, to be a little too jarring, then you're in luck: the former Pulp front-man has released a brand new album made entirely of field recordings from National Trust properties around Britain. And you can download it for the price of free right now.
The 13-track collection is called National Trust: The Album, and it features no music other than a tinkling music box recorded at Lanhydrock, a country estate in Cornwall. Other sounds contained on the album include a creaking staircase at Charwell (Winston Churchill's former home) and waves lapping along the shore at Brownsea Island.
"I hope this album is a 'holiday for the ears,'" Cocker said in a statement. "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."
You can learn more about each property featured on the album over at the National Trust's website. You can also head there to enter to win one of 50 hard copies of the album.
If you feel like getting mellow right now, you can download the entire thing here, from a National Trust webpage appropriately titled "Music To Think To."
National Trust: The Album:
1. "Belton House - Walking on Gravel & Birds"
2. "Belton House - Birdsong"
3. "Brownsea Island - Waves Lapping Along the Shore"
4. "Ham House - Footsteps Through the House"
5. "Chartwell - Creaking Staircase"
6. "Upton House - The Billiards Room"
7. "Lanhydrock - Old Music Box"
8. "Quarry Bank Mill - Murmurs of Children in School House"
9. "Fountains Abbey - Birds in Water Garden"
10. "Powis Castle - Gardening"
11. "Patterson's Spade Mill - Strap Press"
12. "Blickling Hall - Clocks Ticking & Chiming"
13. "Blickling Hall - Clock Tower"