The lat­est peak in mu­sic stream­ing

Yu­catan are launch­ing their new al­bum on a moun­tain top. Here’s a few acts that could fol­low their lead

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Kevin Court­ney

Would you climb a moun­tain to hear your favourite band? From to­day, Welsh band Yu­catan will be of­fer­ing fans an ex­clu­sive stream of their new al­bum ahead of its re­lease on June 19th.

There’s only one catch, you have to hike up Wales’s high­est peak to lis­ten to it. The band will be stream­ing their new al­bum from the sum­mit of Snow­don, 3,500ft above sea level, over the next week, so if you have a wi-fi en­abled de­vice and a good pair of walk­ing boots, you can be among the first to hear the al­bum, ap­pro­pri­ately en­ti­tled Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd ( Above the Moun­tain Sum­mit).

The mem­bers of Yu­catan grew up in sight of Snow­don, so it’s the per­fect set­ting to hear their dra­matic sound­scapes. Here’s a few other rock stars we could imag­ine fol­low­ing in their foot­steps with their own odd al­bum-launch lo­ca­tions.

Hozier, the Su­gar­loaf, Co Wick­low: Con­cerns about hun­dreds of ston­ers spliff­ing up on the hill are dis­missed by gar­daí: “No dif­fer­ent from any other Sun­day.”

David Bowie, the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion: Just ¤10m will get you on to ISS to hear Bowie’s new record. You will be piped aboard by Cmdr Chris Had­field do­ing his fa­mous ren­di­tion of Space Odd­ity.

Muse, from a drone cir­cling men­ac­ingly over your city: If any­one tries to shoot it down, Muse will re­tal­i­ate with a nu­clear strike and a con­cept al­bum about the Fi­bonacci Se­quence.

Bruce Spring­steen, his home state of New Jer­sey: As soon as you cross the state line, boom! The Boss’s new al­bum blasts out of your stereo, and Courteney Cox starts danc­ing on your car.

Van Mor­ri­son, Coney Is­land, Co Down: Van the Man him­self will bring along some pot­ted her­rings in case you get fam­ished be­fore din­ner.

U2: At first, the band con­sid­ered stream­ing their new al­bum be­low sea level in, say, The Nether­lands. But, mind­ful of the PR dis­as­ter of their iTunes give­away, they’re go­ing back to ba­sics, play­ing their new al­bum on a scratchy Dansette in Bono’s old room in Cedar­wood Road. It’s a bit cramped, but Bono will leave the win­dow open so you can hear it from the street. Af­ter­wards, copies will only be avail­able on cas­sette from a stall on O’Con­nell Bridge.

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