Straight Outta Luton. easyJet release jet noise single
New Music Friday reaches new heights tomorrow when easyJet drop their debut album ‘Jet Sounds’.
The bizarre charity single and album are comprised entirely of white noise from jet engines.
Sleep Council research reveals that 22% of Brits sleep poorly most nights but experts believe that listening to ‘white noise’ could have sleep-inducing effects.
According to the airline the ambient album was recorded in just one take on a flight from Gatwick to Nice.
The press release reads; ‘The single and extended cut album were recorded at 39,000ft and features the sublime harmonics of a pair of CFM56, twin spool, high bypass, turbo fan engines.’
But the airline will face rivalry from chart-topping popstar Pink, indie band Bastille and American rockers Fall Out Boy who all have new singles out tomorrow.
A ten-hour promo video has been published on YouTube ahead of the release.
Presumably easyJet are hoping to find a place in the pop canon as the spiritual, if slightly more airborne successor to Brian Eno’s Music For Airports, John Cage’s seminal 4’33” and The KLF’s legendary post-rave masterpiece Chill Out.
All proceeds will be donated to The Children’s Sleep Charity.
Recent reports explain that white noise allows the brain to block out sleep interruptions by displacing background noise and loud interruptive peaking sounds such as traffic, snoring and barking dogs.
Recordings of ‘white noise’ have also been used to calm babies, aid studying and even help overcome writer’s block.
Sleep expert Dr Sandra L Wheatley, who has consulted on production said: “The soft, repetitive, ambient drone of white noise can drown out sounds, gently settle the brain and aid the on-set of sleep. There is also strong evidence that it can dampen out disruptive noises that can disturb our slumber. The low throb of a powerful jet engine is ideal for this. easyJet have captured the perfect tones for the release.”
Tina Milton, Head of Cabin Crew from easyJet said “When you’re at cruising altitude, the lights are dimmed and you have had a tasty meal, an aircraft makes for a perfect environment for nap. We thought we could capture part of the experience and use it to help our customers get a good night’s rest in their own homes too. Who knows we might even become the first airline to hit the UK top 40 single and album charts!.”