record sleeve for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
the threat of anthony scott burns and makeup and vanity set collaborating on a project together had been growing at an exciting rate. finally with the forthcoming release of burns' sci-fi short 'manifold,' we get a preview of things to come in the form of the score he asked makeup and vanity set to write for it. including two new, unreleased tracks, the score is now an EP soon to be released on telefuture records.
what you see here is the sleeve artwork we created to support the release. the record is available now for preorder here.
artwork for makeup and vanity set's EP, 7.25.2148.
the team that now consists of makeup and vanity set, joey ciccoline and version industries is continuing its development into an increasingly cohesive whole. utilizing visuals originating with joey's video and 3D effects work, we've put together artwork for both the new EP and the leading single from it, praxis. the concepts behind it are echoed heavily within the music, so we won't spoil them for you here. just know that it's all part of a larger thought process building up to a satisfyingly complex full length album.
artwork for makeup and vanity set's EP, never let go.
working with makeup and vanity set continues to be a very exciting, fluid and rewarding process. this time around, in terms of a brief, we were given the recordings themselves, informed that the release would be out on cassette only and asked that we try to echo a visual from the VHS era of home entertainment. old enough to have lived through a great portion of the VHS and cassette eras, we understood how this record would sound when fans heard it and very much where it was coming from in terms of cinematic narrative. the decision to in some way make it photographic and involve some sort of backlit misty scene came very quickly, and was undeniably influenced by our shared love for shows from that era like twin peaks and the x-files. so it was then a matter of building that out with a combination of photographic elements and a series of photoshop brushes and textures. finally, the typography came about as a result of wanting something elegant and not too cliche, but that would also feel a little like film credits.
you can read more about the making of the artwork here.