New Town Utopia: detailed background notes to the compositions

landschaft 028

Available to listen to and buy at Bandcamp

Release date: 07 April 2022

Format: digital download. Artwork and typography by Landschaft.

The work explained

'New Town Utopia', This Landschaft album is one that I have crafted in my English landscape series. It is simple statement, an examination of the New Town; a reappraisal of the optimism of greenfield living through the lens of time. The cover art is a montage of photography and painted artwork.

A word about the New Town. Milton Keynes, Telford, Basildon a, post World War II to the changing shape of British society, away from the concentration of the city to an idealised interpretation by planners of what was good for the inhabitants and good for the country, heavily influenced by the emergence and later primacy of motor transport. Worthy ambitions resulting in bland soulless sprawls. So the 'Utopia' of the title reflects both the ambition and the subsequent reflective irony. Idealism is rarely sucessful.