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record sleeve for the berlin-based band, sonoio.
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for this the third and final sonoio release, alessandro cortini asked us to produce artwork that offered a more cinematic visual than last time. after much discussion we landed on the idea of building a film set, lighting it and photographing it. we then reached out to long-time collaborator, the photographer matt sundin, and got to work sourcing all the necessary materials. the final cover offers both a commentary on the dual translations (italian and english) of the album's title, 'fine,' and a visual suggestion of the sonic and lyrical nature of the music. 

the record is available through dais records on vinyl, cd and all streaming services. if you have the means, we cannot recommend a physical copy of the record enough. it offers a rich accompaniment to what is already a really beautiful listening experience.
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sonoio.org
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cover
back cover
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, you drive.
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you drive is a new band formed by long-term collaborators of ours, makeup and vanity set, and the singer / song-writer jasmin kaset. a few months ago they approached us to create their debut album artwork. the plan for the record was to release it on vinyl. after listening to the record for some time we took a feeling for the overall tone and some lyrical fragments from the songs, and decided to make a series of still life photographs that we'd then insert into the jacket design in one form or another. working in collaboration with the photographer, jeff brown, we sourced various objects, built a series of sets in our studio and got to work arranging and lighting things. we then created abstract interpretations of the same photographs and used those as counterpoint pieces throughout the layouts. the resulting package we feel speaks to the music in both direct and indirect ways.
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you-drive.co
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4 vinyl box set.
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record sleeve for the sheffield-based band, 65daysofstatic.
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our friends and long-standing collaborators 65daysofstatic were hired to write the score to the forthcoming game, no man's sky. 65 in turn asked us to put together the artwork for the soundtrack itself. after listening to the music for months we had a long chat with the band and came up with a loose aesthetic trajectory. two or three different approaches were fully explored before we settled upon what you see here.

the landscape paintings you see embedded into the various covers are by another of our long-term collaborators, john delucca.

the record is available here in various physical and digital formats.
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65daysofstatic.com
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record sleeve for the los angeles-based band, big black delta.
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the cover for big black delta's 2nd LP, tragame tierra, was the 'last man standing' after trying a series of ideas that attempted to capture the subtler qualities of the new tracks. in the end we settled on a minimal aesthetic, colours that jon felt were closer to his sensibilities these days and a photograph jon liked of himself taken by jeff brown, and we developed things from there.
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bigblackdelta.com
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cover + vinyl
cover
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artwork for matte black's second album, dust of this planet.
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matte black are old friends and with the release of their sophomore LP they asked that we handle artwork duties. the record's closing track 'time's arrow' immediately conjured an image in our heads of a mass of people running from something toward a great darkness. caspar asked his father, thomas newbolt, to draw such an image in pencil and watercolour. caspar then worked on it digitally until it reached the form it is in now.
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matteblackband.com
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cover
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record sleeve for the los angeles-based band, big black delta.
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when jon sent us his latest track RCVR, a duet between him and debbie gibson, we were floored.  it immediately struck us as an argument between two jean-luc godard film characters in an old 60s film. the mid-section was like something wendy carlos would have drummed up for stanley kubrick's a clockwork orange score. playing around with the BBD aesthetic we found a way to almost diagrammatically express both the technological and human elements of the song — the arguments, the eyes dilating, the breakup sex.
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bigblackdelta.com
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cover + records
back cover
inside spread
detail
cover
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
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2 years in the making, wilderness is the new album from our good friends and longstanding collaborators, makeup and vanity set. the artwork stems from the narrative matthew pusti wrote for the record has he composed it. a combination of bespoke photography and extensive digital collage-work, it's perhaps our most involved record sleeve to date.

the record features the talents of many friends including big black delta, the protomen, witchoria and joey ciccoline. the short film accompanying the record's release and is featured in part in the album's video trailer above.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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cover
poster
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, the protomen.
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the protomen have a new record. it's a film soundtrack. it's a covers record. the film may or may not have even existed. it all depends on who you ask. either way the sleeve may or may not have been conceived and created during our ongoing, every day conversations with the band. it may also have then been drawn and painted by john delucca — a man who continues to bless us with his uncanny talents.

everything about this record is more than meets the eye. it's available on cassette and vinyl and far be it from us to spoil the surprises that lie in wait for those who purchase a physical copy.
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protomen.com
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wide
cover
detail
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record sleeve for the new york-based band, activator.
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activator approached us to handle the sleeve artwork for their eponymous debut album. a dark, brutal, relationship-based thrash metal record, it played into our sensibilities nicely. sketching out basic layout on a scrap of paper, we photographed it and sent it to the incredible john delucca. 3 days later he sent back a final drawing and we began to colour it. the resulting image is a visual allegory commenting on whether it's really the relationship that's killing you, or whether it's actually something else.
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activatornyc.com
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wide
detail
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record sleeve for the sheffield-based band, 65daysofstatic.
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wild light is 65daysofstatic's sixth LP. presented with manifestos, poems, drawings, prints and transcripts of studio discussions about the concept of 'wild light', we set about producing a piece of work that we felt best encapsulated these ideas whilst also touching on how it felt to listen to the music itself. the result is something we're very proud of, and we hope is something that will change in meaning when you hear the music itself.
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65daysofstatic.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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wide
cover
outside spread
inside spread
detail
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artwork for surachai's LP, embraced.
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we were introduced to surachai by alessandro cortini of SONOIO. a fierce individual, surachai makes a form of black metal that he calls plagued metal. whatever you want to call it, his dark, aggressive and intricate songs take you to a very particular place.

for his latest LP he asked that we tackle the artwork. ordinarily, given the pre-established hallmarks of the black metal scene, this is something we might not have jumped at immediately. however given surachai's taste for esoteric artwork (formerly employing the likes of bridget driessen and sarah sitkin to handle the task), we knew he would be open to an entirely fresh interpretation of his music.

you can read more about the making of the artwork here.
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surachai.org
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wide
detail
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record sleeve for the brooklyn-based band, bells≥
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the creation of this cover was swift and to the point. bells were fans of the photography we've taken over the years and were after a sleeve that felt abstract enough to echo their instrumental sound, but local also to their native brooklyn. immediately taking a liking to an image we took of some street art outside of our studio in DUMBO, we set about laying out some type.
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bellstheband.com
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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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BBDLP1 cover
detail
poster
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artwork for big black delta's debut LP, BBDLP1
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continuing the very fluid back and forth between us and jonathan bates, this the cover for the forthcoming BBDLP1 is our attempt at capturing the immensity that is this new record. whether you are listening to the lush love song that is 'capsize' or the vastness, heaving space trip that is 'BBD3', we wanted the cover to echo both the inner workings of jon's mind as well as the beautiful, dark recesses of the universe. no longer the man with his head exploding on the cover of mellowdrone's 'angry bear', we now step deeper inside that thinking and in doing so reach much further out into space as we get involved with his obsession with UFO folk-lore and his desire to be taken away from his planet by whatever means possible.
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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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wide
front cover
back cover
detail
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LP artwork for the LA-based band, war widow
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after accidentally hearing a clip from this band's new record, we sent some designs through that caused them to cancel the print job they already had running. sourcing photographers from as far as eastern europe, the resulting 12 inch vinyl artwork proved to be a very fast, very exciting collaboration between people in los angeles, new york and the ukraine. you can read more about the creation of the artwork here.

a huge thanks to photographers alex alekseenko and matt sundin, without whom this project would have never come about.
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warwidowmusic.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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