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An intriguing setting for the beauty of Land Observations.
Land Observations (aka the musician and artist, James Brooks) will release The Grand Tour on 28 July 2014. This is the follow up to 2012’s critically acclaimed debut album, Roman Roads IV-XI and, where that was concerned with the roads of communication and conquest that stretched across the former Roman Empire and Republic, the new album creates an imaginary travelogue through Western, Central and Southern Europe with reference to the historic Grand Tour, a traditional rite of passage for affluent University graduates, finding popularity in the 18th century and commencing the idea of ‘tourism’ as we can come to know it.
On The Grand Tour, the landscape gives inspiration to the speed, pace and momentum of the journey and on the final track, ‘Return To Ravenna’, a beginning and an end is at once signalled. It’s the end of the tour, and the beginning of the journey home - a track with an intentional reference to Land
Observations’ debut, album, where Brooks celebrated ‘Via Flaminia’, the Roman road between Rome and Ravenna, once a major city in classical culture. Listen here to Return To Ravenna: http://bit.ly/1yx6K8O
For the The Grand Tour’s artwork James Brooks has made a series of postcard drawings which utilise various found tourist and holiday postcards. Directly responding to each postcard's unique design layout, he has produced a series of abstract, geometric drawings of only their specific surface areas and design skeleton.
Recently Brooks guested on Simon Fisher Turner’s Ivor Novello Award winning score for the BFI restoration of The Epic Of Everest (dir. Captain John Noel, 1924) and has performed the score live at the London Film Festival world premiere, Trento Film Festival in Italy and the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Watch the trailer for the new album here: http://youtu.be/99wlQux9NCg
Praise for Roman Roads IV-XI
MOJO: “metronomic intensity”
Q: “understated, fragile beauty”
The Quietus: featured in their albums of the year
Dazed Digital: “With historical and topographical interests colliding and creating a conceptual stream of soft tracks, Land Observations soaks up its surrounding environment and projects a visual reaction.”