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Bowie/Barnbrook

Author: Colin | Published: 10/1/13

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So Jonathan Barnbrook’s design for the new David Bowie album has garnered a HUGE amount of attention. The Guardian calls it a “masterstroke“, whatever that means. I’m still undecided about it. On one hand it appeals to my taste for minimalism and cleverness, on the other it strikes me as a potentially empty gesture. I say potentially because – true to Hard Format’s mission – I’m reserving judgement until I’ve seen the complete design. What will the spine, the reverse, the insides look like? Will it be a digipak, a jewel-case or something else?

Of course one (or both) eye(s) will have been kept firmly on the thinner than a micron experience of the digital JPG. If so, I’ll declare myself not a great fan. With that as everything, it’s playful, but likely to be ultimately unsatisfying – particularly when married to that first single which sounds to these ears too much like a tired extension of Heathen’s remit. In fact, in that light the design reads as a potentially damning critique of the album’s content. Heathen, however, is a Barnbrook design I love. I’ve been meaning to feature it here for ages and even asked to borrow a copy from the designer, but didn’t get a reply.

So the jury’s out here for the moment. I think it’s entirely valid – it’s yet one more example of the wondrousness of the blank canvas that is the album cover. And it’s great to see so much discussion of an album design.

In the meantime, this is fun: Make Your Own David Bowie Album Cover. I even like some of these designs more and perhaps that’s the point…

The Hogweed And The Aderyn

Author: Colin | Published: 6/1/13
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The Hogweed And The Aderyn

The Hogweed And The Aderyn

The Hogweed And The Aderyn

The Hogweed And The Aderyn

The Hogweed And The Aderyn

The Hogweed And The Aderyn

The Hogweed And The Aderyn

The Hogweed And The Aderyn

Artist The Hogweed And The Aderyn
Title EP
Label Wounded Wolf Press
Year 2012
Design Atay İlgün and Gözde Omay
Music Turkish acoustic folk
Notes Dear Hard Format readers I hope you’ve had an enjoyable and relaxing break in your part of the world and that you will have a happy and fulfilling 2013. We start the new year as we mean to continue with another lovely design. Here’s what Atay and Gözde have to say about this release:

As a matter of fact, this was the album which let us to continue the small press called Wounded Wolf. It was started a few years ago by Atay İlgün and now is continuing with him and Gözde Omay with the influence of The Hogweed And The Aderyn which is focusing on folk and textural music.

For us the package is somehow a home for the music when it can inhabit during a transit which is between we and the buyer as gift and support exchange.

It is made out of completely post consumer recycled and recyclable material, even the label on the CDR is recycled and is coherent with the rest of the package as it is made out of recycled paper. All booklets were hand-sewed and we used silk screen print for the outside patterns of the box. We believe this is caused by the nature of the music and the important fragment of the ideology of Wounded Wolf Press.

The photographs in it are taken from a trip around Europe and to us they are the elements of warm in this home. Their dainty, is full of memory (almost excessively self-indulgent) values add a very humane side to a package which will really adorne.

The phial (which is included in the ritualistic edition) was created to capture the essence of the gardens where most of the music was written. It is mainlycomposed of  juniper, blue spruce needles ( and essential oil, rain water and soil). We personally think that this particular scent is quite essential to maintain the memory through to its essence.

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