The Streets – Computers and Blues Album Cover
Here at Habitables HQ we like to keep our ear to the ground, listening out to for anything that will interest our discerning visitors. When we heard that a chart topping UK music act was using a grade II listed building on the front of his latest album, well we just had to spread the word!
‘The Streets’ are releasing their fifth and final album, entitled ‘Computers and Blues’, and if you inspect the cover art carefully, out of one of the windows you’ll see front man Mike Skinner. The 1960′s student accommodation buildings, distinctive for their ziggurat style appearance were the work of English architect Sir Denys Lasdun, also responsible for the Royal National Theatre on London’s South Bank.
Brutalist in its appearance, and compared by some to the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, to Mies Van Der Rohe by others, there is no denying that this building carries with it a certain air of weight and presence. It’s imposing, yet through its use as a building for student accommodation no doubts exudes a certain homely charm, at least to those that call it so.
The album is release on February 7, and much like the building which occupies its cover, will most certainly draw as many detractors as plaudits. Who said making a statement was ever easy? Welcome back, Mike.