I did a search before posting this for the kinks and thus the subject line…
I am reading the novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and as I was reading it I was thinking of the music to The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, which according to the always accurate Wikipedia is a "concept album lamenting the passing of old-fashioned English traditions."
There was a period where The Kinks put out a number of albums themed on English village life. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society is my favorite and got 5 stars from both me and Rolling Stone magazine. Out of a possible 4 stars. They also had Something Else, which was rife with imagery of English villages. In addition they had a songs called Willesden Green and Autumn Almanac that stand out as songs that fills me with envy to live in a time and English village most likely fictional but highly romantic.
Probably the Kinks and Monty Python did more to stoke my love of England than anything else.
This may not resonate with others, but I wonder if there is music out there that also paints that type of picture for you out there.
I probably won't visit England until sometime next year, but may learn some new music to check out while I wait!