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single cover
single sleeve
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artwork for big black delta's single, huggin + kissin.
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huggin & kissin is one of those songs that expresses human love in the unexpected way a film like tony scott's true romance does. the artwork marks in some ways a return to the feel of the first big black delta EP in an attempt to capture the essence of what this band is about again. this time however we see two lovers emerging from the plasmic tendrils. the most figurative big black delta artwork to date, it felt like it was time to show our full hand in this cosmic card game.
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bigblackdelta.com
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single cover
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artwork for white sea's single, they don't know.
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we've been chatting with morgan kibby of white sea and m83 about collaborating for some years now. opportunities have come and gone like black dogs running at night. that was until a few months ago when she told us her new record was done and it was called 'in cold blood'. listening to it confirmed that our hearts had started racing for good reason - this was as close as she could have possibly come to our sensibilities, and we had to seize the moment. what you see here is the artwork for the first single, 'they don't know,' which in many ways foreshadows the more elaborate work we've done on the album cover. patrick nagel meets david lynch meets american psycho, if you will.
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whiteseamusic.com
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single cover
outside spread
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7" single artwork for the LA-based band, sonoio
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alessandro asked us to put together a sleeve for the 7 inch single release of his track 'scientist'. the artwork we created was an extension both visually and narratively from the elements we'd put together for the album from which the song came.

you can grab a copy of the single here.
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sonoio.org
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EP cover
praxis single cover
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artwork for makeup and vanity set's EP, 7.25.2148.
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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.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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side of the road
money rain down
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artwork for big black delta's single, side of the road.
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inspired by a salvador dali painting and discussions about how to evolve the BBD aesthetic as we approach the foot of the mountain that will eventually be the second LP, this cover is in some ways perhaps the band's most figurative yet. the human eye instinctively sees faces in abstract patterns, and of course it's no incident that that is what you might see here. however what you take from it as you listen to the song is of course your decision. either way we hope you enjoy the experience.
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bigblackdelta.com
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cassette cover
inside spread
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artwork for the protomen's cassette single, i drove all night.
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the first single from the protomen's forthcoming covers record was the roy orbison song, i drove all night. the song was of course chosen because of how directly it tied in with and expanded upon the band's long-running, conceptual narrative. in the same fashion the artwork had a very clear path to follow. once again employing the talents of john delucca, we set about creating a design that both expanded on the protomen's story, but also paid homage again to many of their key influences. releasing it on cassette only was of course the final gesture that completed the project.

if you're interested you can read more about the development of the artwork on our blog. otherwise by all means grab a copy of the single here, whilst stocks last.
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IFUCKINGLOVEYOU
betamax
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artwork for the singles off of big black delta's debut LP, BBDLP1
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after signing to nerve management, big black delta have been set to release a series of singles both on vinyl and digitally. challenged with a way of making these releases unusual in some way, given some of the songs have been out for a while, we suggested that perhaps each release's artwork tesselate with the next. this way all the singles can form a larger image once they've all been collected. at the time of writing two releases have been put out, IFUCKINGLOVEYOU and betamax, which you can see here.
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bigblackdelta.com
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album cover
stitches single cover
awaltzoflight cover
poster
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artwork for polinski's debut album, labyrinths
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paul wolinski is one quarter of the experimental musical machine that is 65daysofstatic. polinski is his more purely electronic side-project.

the discussions for how to handle the artwork for the album started years before the record was even a twinkle in his eye. we'd talked at length for years about films, musics, books, games and designs that appeal to us for whatever reason. whether it be the books of jeff noon or the cassette loading games of sinclair zx spectrum, there was an innate understanding of what this solo project would demand in terms of artwork the moment the demos started to come together.

the final artwork started with us coming up with a story that would capture paul's feelings about various things and how he wanted to translated those into a science fiction tale of some kind. the next step was padding that story out with various touchstone visual elements and then translating those into a series of panels that we could use for the album and any singles. the first image we put together turned out to be the album cover as it is now, and this went onto influence paul's approach to making the music. he then sent us more demos that inspired the creation of more panels, and so the back and forth went until we had enough to illustrate the story / world we had created.

the music video for the album's first single, stitches, was an attempt to bring back the feeling of using the zx spectrum computer, whilst detailing some of the album's narrative elements. more details on the making of the video to follow soon.
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polinskimusic.net
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album cover
inside sleeve
back cover
cd
ep cover
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artwork for the pony collaboration's second album 'if these are the good times' and the supporting e.p 'i never knew'
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james, the head of the pony collaboration, came to us with a few photographs he had sourced as a starting point for the art direction on their second album. visually, the route we took was to show the new album as reflection of their first. this is especially apparent with the cd itself which reflects a more sombre outlook than the jolly pink one from their first release. both james and version wanted to take the visual cues from the first album and reflect it as if seen in a forgotten dirtied mirror, very much like the source photography he gave us.

their new album is out now on series 8 records. the new digital single will be out in may 2010.
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theponycollaboration.com
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cover
back cover
lyrics + credits sheet
labels
release show poster
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7" vinyl single artwork for the nashville-base band, the protomen
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this is the protomen's first release from their forthcoming new album, tentatively titled 'act 2'. taking inspiration heavily from the two tracks on the disc, we discussed all the many underlying themes in the music and how to represent them in the most simple and powerful form. as ever with the protomen, there's more than meets the eye and if you look closely at what we created here you'll find a number of interesting treats.
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ep cover
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promo artwork for the pony collaboration's first single, 'the fast lane'
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following on from the initial artwork we provided for their debut album, we teamed up with the pony collaboration once again to provide artwork for their promo single 'the fast lane'. in conjunction with the promo only cd release, a digital version of the single will be available on iTunes soon with their exclusive b-side 'all I know
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theponycollaboration.com
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kraken single cover
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record sleeve for the london-based rock band, officer kicks.
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straight out of the murderland here is our tough little cover for the first single off officer kick's forthcoming album, citywide curfew. the band's singer jamie gordon had a vision of this skeletal copper terrorizing the town depicted within the lyrics of this their latest 'concept' album.
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officerkicks.com
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