Osmosis design sleeves and artwork for album and single releases.
For this album’s packaging we went for a full gatefold sleeve which contains an inner sleeve and a foldout poster with lyrics on the back. It resembles a miniaturized LP record. Originally, I had wanted to have a cover shot from within an old rural pub looking out through the window at a beautiful landscape with a road winding off into the distance. Sam’s idea was to recreate the painting Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. We decided to combine elements of these two ideas. Photographer Jean-Philippe Defaut suggested Beachy Head near Eastbourne in East Sussex for the location. He shot the re-enactment of Friedrich’s painting, as well as various other images of Sam around the cliffs at Beachy Head. For the front cover we eventually chose a candid black-and-white shot of Sam glancing towards the camera whilst walking along a path behind the cliffs. The back cover shows the path behind him with the album’s track listing carefully placed so that it can be read without distracting from the image. The gatefold sleeve opens to reveal a stunning colour panoramic view over the landscape by the cliffs, which has the main road winding off into the distance, and Sam can just be seen walking along the road carrying his guitar case. The insert poster shows Sam standing on the edge of a chalk cliff looking out to sea.
Mark had released an album some years earlier which had subsequently sold out of CD copies. He wanted to release a remastered and repackaged version of the album with entirely new artwork. The album’s title suggested to me the idea of an embryo growing and developing inside the womb. This being Mark’s first album, it seemed appropriate to have an image of early development on the cover. I looked through many images of developing human embryos, but found the images too graphic for the beautiful songs of love and loss on the album. I finally decided to search for an image of a blastocyst, a structure of cells formed in the first few days of pregnancy. I selected this arresting image of a five day old blastocyst on the end of a needle, as seen through an electron microscope. To me it resembled a chrysanthemum flower ready to bloom.
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UK Soul/R&B band Ghosts Of Our Former Selves' debut album was initially planned to be an eponymous record. With such an evocative band name we decided early on to have the images of the band blurred or distorted by motion. Taking inspiration from photographs taken by Jürgen Vollmer in Hamburg in the early 1960s as well as various Blue Note LP covers of the same period, Finnish photographer Antti Janhunen took a series of exterior photographs with the desired blurring and movement we were after. Soon after the shoot it was decided that the album was to be named after two of the key songs on it, both called "The Glass". A few of the images that we had seemed to suggest the visual distortion you might get when looking through glass. We picked such an image of the singer to be positioned beneath the inner tray of the CD as if it were being presented under glass.
For the album cover we chose a black and white photograph taken inside London's Troubadour coffee house of two members of the band unrecognisably distorted by the camera. It seemed to perfectly capture the ghostly blurring that we were after, as well as being an interestingly evocative image. For the back of the CD booklet we chose a photo of the whole band. The singer Theo was in focus and looking right into the camera while the rest of the band were walking past in a blur.
The sound of the music suggested inspiration from Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, 1960s jazz and modern hip hop records. The colour layout for the lettering pages was glass bottle green with two different shades of orange for the script, inspired by soul records of the 1970s as well as the colours used for the lettering on many classic 1960s Blue Note records. This colour theme was carried through to the CD itself. FRONT COVER BACK COVER INNER PAGES
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New Revolutionary Science Council are from London. Their first release is to be a double A side single issued on 7" vinyl. Blood on the Lens is an evocative title and could be interpreted in many different ways. The group wanted an image which was attention-grabbing and beautiful, but uncomfortable to look at. We had the idea of blood being dropped into somebody's eye. I wanted the eye to be blue, simply because the red blood would look good against a blue eye, and also so that the resulting image would contain red, white and blue. One of the band members had blue eyes, so they were chosen to be the subject/victim of the shoot, while another band member carefully held a pipette of artificial blood over the eye. Photographer Edward Lancaster used a macro lens to get very close to the subject while focusing with an extremely narrow depth of field, and after several attempts and a few clean-ups, we had the shot.The other song Addiction seemed to lend itself to the image of blood, so for the back sleeve we chose to focus in on the drop of blood we had used on the front. The label in the centre of the record being circular meant that we were able to turn one side into the blue iris and pupil of the eye, and the other side into a single red blood corpuscle. When placed onto a turntable, each image would be effectively pierced by the rod in the centre. In keeping with the red, white and blue colour theme, the title Blood on the Lens is written in red and the title Addiction in blue, while the band name appears in white.
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Ghosts Of Our Former Selves is a London soul band fronted by singer Theo Brehony.The album was to be eponymously titled and, after much exploration into a visual interpretation of the title, we ended up with a composite image of four translucent head shots of Theo portrayed in ice blue against a stark black background. The blend of faces seem to have a ghostly quality and the image resembles a kind of X-Ray.For the individual songs on the album we made different coloured versions of the image according to the song title's meaning, and this led us to do the Warhol-inspired nine square polyptych. Although the artwork was ultimately not used for the album, it was used for promotional material running up to the album's release.
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Long Way Down is the second single to be released from the album One For The Road. For the single's cover we decided to go with one of the images from the original album cover shoot by photographer Jean-Philippe Defaut. These photographs had been taken at Beachy Head near Eastbourne in East Sussex, the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 m (530 ft) above sea level. One of the photos showed Sam standing on the edge of one of the highest points of the cliffs, one of the world's most notorious suicide spots. This arresting image seemed to be perfect for the cover of Long Way Down.A promotional CD was sent out for radio and press, and so the back cover promotes the forthcoming album.
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Iranian producer, composer and programmer Farhad Amirahmadi was born and raised in the north of Tehran in an area known as Shemran, and moved to London in his early teens. This eponymous debut album is an intensely personal record and we decided to use images of the house in Shemran where Farhad grew up. He had a few snapshots that had been taken by his friend Parisa Taghizadeh, so for the cover we chose an image of the front gate which had been left slightly ajar. It seemed to invite the listener into the private garden of a secret world. We cropped and manipulated the image, intensifying the colours to give the feeling of somewhere slightly magical and exciting. The back cover leads you down a road beyond the gate which led to the main house. We chose not to have any writing on the cover of this record so that you would have to open the cover to see what was inside, rather like going through the front gate in the photograph.
Shemran EPThe Shemran EP is a three-track taster for the album. For the sleeve we chose a 1960s black-and-white image of a statue by a pool in the gardens of Shemran.
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Released as the first single from the album One For The Road, this is a song which deals with unreciprocated love. We decided to represent the title with a discarded and broken guitar. Sourcing an appropriate instrument, we carefully ran it over in Sam's car. It was important that it didn't look like it was broken in anger or frustration, but was crushed and shattered. Photographer Jean-Philippe Defaut, who had shot the images for the album, beautifully captured the devastation on his Leica M8.A promotional CD was sent out for radio and press, and so the back cover promotes the forthcoming album.
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