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- Posted on Jan 6th 2011 10:30AM by Matt Glazebrook
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According to Yan, in a blog for the Guardian, rustic living was something of a steep learning curve for the Brighton-based six-piece. "In winter things became rather cold," reported the singer-guitarist. "Having never looked after a country property before I neglected several duties such as pre-ordering oil in vast quantity months ahead of time. If nothing else it certainly toughened me up."
Despite the hardships, the 18-month experience was apparently a productive one for BSP. "When the house was busy several band members could be working simultaneously on different songs," explained Yan. "I was painting in the shed one day and decided to take a look about and see what the others were doing. Also outside, but in the pigshed, Neil was singing away. Around the other side Martin was recording while Abi was playing viola in the garden. Inside, Graham was preparing mixes in 'the room of doom' and Phil and Woody were goofing around in what sounded like a Blade Runner meets drum workshop scenario."
Upping sticks to a remote location to work on an album has a long tradition in popular music, often -- as in the Rolling Stones' infamous 'Exile on Main Street' sessions at Keith Richards' south of France mansion Nellcôte, or the Happy Mondays' disastrous attempt to record 'Yes Please!' in Barbados -- resulting in a surfeit of sex and drugs, and a distinct lack of rock and roll.
British Sea Power's backwoods sojourn also had its racy moments: "The house had a huge grassy lawn extending down to a copse of trees... over the summer this grew wild like a meadow," Yan wrote. "I enjoyed the safety of the long grass and took to European-style sunbathing."