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The artwork is a futuristic, kaleidospic and distorted affair with an overload of colour and shapes. Yet grounded in all of this is a simplicity, with straightforward type and layers of photos supplied by Andy. It's the push and pull between electronic and psych.
The invite has a cut off corner creating a ‘cut-out-and-keep’ representation of the Somerset House identity.
Beyond The Pale
Album artwork and promo campaign
The cave themed artwork was designed in collaboration with Jarvis. This was carried across all of the individual releases including special Tip-On debosssed gatefold vinyl (glow in the dark!), standard vinyl, CD and ltd cassette.
Also promo items such as ltd edition JARV IS... tea (delicious!), a jigsaw, billboards, promo posters, shop displays, tour posters, badges, t-shirts, stickers, tote bags the lot!
Working with Bytes since the label inception in 2019. Including label art direction and identity and sleeve design for record sleeves and cassettes.
Includes original artwork for albums by Minotaur Shock, A Lily, Franz Kirmann and Andy Bell’s (Ride, Oasis) GLOK project. Including a personal highlight the GLOK - Dissident Remixed double vinyl including Andrew Weatherall remix.
‘How I’m Feeling’ World Tour
Global print promotion
Huge promotional campaign for the LAUV world tour which sadly due to the global situation was eventually cancelled.
Localised versions of posters, billboards, press ads, online ads, Spotify ads, bus wraps even, were created for a massive amount of territories including Australia, South America and Europe...
Dissident & Dissident Remixed
Vinyl artwork for Bytes for a release by Andy Bell (Ride, Oasis) under his electronic alias GLOK. Fusing synthwave and Detroit techno via John Carpenter soundtracks this album is a future motorik classic!
The idea for the artwork was to show a sense of time passing, so using long exposure shots of car headlights, a mesh of light trails and intersecting road markings were created. Also shown the double remix album with remixed artwork...
During the first Covid lock-down Jarvis took to Instagram to host live DJ nights from his living room... in order to promote the events different Instagram cards were created with a variety of messages taken from lyrics from the ‘Beyond The Pale’ album.
Days of Being Wild
Artwork and layout for ¡La Ruta! including artist identity.
¡La Ruta! is Martyn Walsh the bass player and songwriter of Inspiral Carpets and Sean Johnston a producer and DJ partner to the late Andrew Weatherall as A Love from Outer Space.
The record is a combination of electronics, live bass and swirling psychedelic organ. For the front they wanted a Danceteria style, DIY cut up 80’s NYC scene...
HOUSE MUSIC ALL NIGHT LONG
4 x ltd 12”
“Lost in the land of the living room. Adrift in the world of interiors. It's serious.”
JARV IS... managed to inadvertently predict the lock-down of 2020 with this song of claustrophobia. For the ltd 12” the most acid/vibrant paper possible in 4 day-glo colours was sourced. ‘Ain’t that the truth?’
Watershed is a leading film, culture and digital media centre in the South West. They develop cultural engagement that is open, disruptive and co-produced and they thrive on risk taking and the sharing of ideas.
This project is part of a larger set of work done collaboratively with the Watershed digital department for the last ten years or so including creating a unified design library.
MUST I EVOLVE?
4 x ltd 12”
Four special 12” releases of the JARV IS... single MUST I EVOLVE? The lurid cave image was printed on a folded sheet which was slipped inside a clear PVC outer sleeve. The sleeve had the super bright solid pink text printed on it.
The record is about a primordial rave amongst other things so the idea was to create an old school rave flyer. The image started life as a photo by the artist Andy Holden taken at a JARV IS... gig inside a cave in the Peak District!
Franz’s album is called ‘Madrapour’ based on the book of the same name. An out of print German issue of the book from the 70s was sourced and the front cover was reworked and manipulated digitally to get the sweeping vortex of feedback and lines.
As with all Bytes releases there is the now obligatory circle cut-out. This time in a vibrant blue.
Seagrave wanted a series of artwork for six of their album releases. They all had to have a recurring theme so a library of shapes and forms was created using brush and ink, these were then processed digitally so give them a mathematical and abstract look.
Also as part of the project was a series of mixes which expanded on the original shapes and forms.
Real World Records
Design and build of the Real World website. The site needed to show the huge amount of amazing albums that Real World have released over the last 25 years. Secondly it needed to showcase their ongoing record label simply and without fuss. Showing audio/video content, streaming music and quick and easy ways to buy albums.
Shinya Sugimoto, Jeremy Young with Julia Kent
Steve McQueen has a piece of work called Weight which is a gold mosquito net draped over a prison cell bed. Photos of this work and other shots taken at the same time become the starting point for the artwork.
The photographs were taken at an Artangel installation in old Reading Goal where Oscar Wilde was imprisoned.
Nucleic Acid Analysis
Label identity and artwork
Label identity and artwork for the first nine releases on Bristol’s weird electronic/acid label Nucleic Acid Analysis.
Each of the sleeves was adapted from a single line drawing that was sent into space on the Pioneer F spacecraft, destined to be the first man made object to escape from the solar system into interstellar space.