In november of 2017, I met Tomo of My Young Animal at his record shop in Tokyo and the next night my band played a show with CHIIO. Both bands create beautiful shimmering indie rock. Fast forward to spring of 2019 and Tomo asked if i would design this split release from both bands. I was thrilled to do so. He had a basic idea of the art he wanted. In 2016 I had designed a European tour poster for some friends from Scotland, and he was hoping for something in the same aesthetic. It was so fun to revisit this art and design approach.
Carry Illinois is a music project of self discovery and reflection. The songs are penned with a bravely honest intent. This series of singles were dealing with singer Lizzie’s journey in dealing with mental health issues. Finding peace through making music rather than being medicated was literally the main theme running through the songs and I tried my best to illustrate this in a hopeful, kind and beautiful way. These singles were released digitally and sold with a companion enamel pin. work done in 2018
SLAVEDRIVER is a Japanese post-hardcore band. For this project I wanted to represent order and control using an architecture form which has often defied both. Their music is chaotic and seemingly random. But i feel that the intentionality in creating chaotic and seemingly random art is an exercise in order itself. These illustrations are inspired by European Brutalist architecture from the 1950-60's.
Screen printed packaging on a chipboard stock. Work for Stiffslack Records, Nagoya Japan, 2016
'Disappear' EP was released on Count Your Lucky Stars records in the U.S. and Strictly no Capital Letters in the UK on beautiful vinyl, as well as in Japan on Stiffslack records as an expanded CD-EP. Creating a packaging system that is at once the same but functionally different is always a fun design challenge, especially in this case as this body of work was released in three different countries spanning two different audio formats. Each piece has it's own detail elements, but also work great together. Original art and design was completed in 2015.
First single from the record premiered on NPR
Released on CD and Vinyl LP in February of 2014, this lush and beautifully lonely record was a joy to design. The cover photo is a random shot I managed to grab while at Muir Beach overlook in California with my wife years ago when I turned 30. The bird seemed determined yet infinitely alone here at the edge of America with the eternal expanse of the Pacific Ocean behind her. The sun was just about to set, such that it was at it's most intense and created a nearly perfect silhouette. With this design I wanted to tell a story of emptiness, wide open spaces, loneliness and joy.
A Split 7" to mark the occasion of the Pswingset / Play Dead Season Japan tour in 2013. The packaging features a photo I took here in Austin in a parking garage downtown. The gritty texture and cluttered metal struts seemed to be fitting image for the music contained within. I attempted where possible to employ an 'equal and opposite' design approach. This is the work of two different bands put out by two different record labels so I felt it needed balance and contrast all at once. The cassette version of this work was produced in 2014 on the meat cube label.
Released on vinyl in 2012 on Top Shelf Records in the US while also on CD in Japan on StiffSlack records. The angular and mathematical approach of pswingset's music called for an equally angular and calculated layout. The layout for each package features the same color palette used in alternating ways. By alternating some key elements the two pieces can standout from each other while also work together as equal parts of a whole.