My friends over at Ghostly sent me this video for their artist Syntaks, which is made up of Danish duo Jakob Skott and Anna Cecilia. The video was directed by Mr. Skott and features an elaborate mixture of old and new footage all merging together, kind of like a dream. It reminds me a lot of when I work, how I like to mix together images to create something new and original.
Ghostly’s hooked me up with the MP3 of Blue Sunshine as a free download, which you can download here. You can also download their Mistral Moon EP (as you can see to the left) for free as well by clicking here. I love what Ghostly records does, and there really isn’t any label like them, so if you’re not familiar with them you should definitely pay them a visit. Maybe I can start giving away some from MP3s to sample on Fridays along with the Mixcasts?
Could be fun.
Creating interesting and exciting artwork is always a challenge for any creative person, but what if you stood back and let nature take it’s course? That’s what Hubero Kororo has done for the packaging of Uceroz’s newest CD Pappeltalks. The cover at first appears to be a minimal, white cover, with nothing but simple text. But you tear off a strip on the side of the CD which releases an ink packet that begins to dye the front of the packaging a deep purple, the same color as the inside of the CD.
This is such a great idea because no matter what the pattern it creates will always be original and random. This to me falls into the same realm as the cover to Beck’s album The Information, which was had a ruled grid for a cover but came with a set of stickers so you could create your own custom cover. The idea of having a random, original cover is an interesting one that I’d love to see implemented in different ways, even for different projects.
It’s kind of hard to believe, but I’ve found a worthy counterpart to Joey Roth’s beautiful ceramic speakers. This Case-Real Elekit tube amplifier was designed by Koichi Futatsumata and features a metal body (aluminum?) with two beautiful tubes sticking out of the top. This is definitely the grandchild of Dieter Rams. The simple design is perfect, there aren’t a ton of buttons and doodads to screw around with, exactly what this world filled with remotes with thousands of buttons needs. Keep it simple, stupid.
ICE CREAM FOR FREE™ is a Berlin based design studio with a rather impressive collection of work. I came across these record covers (on a blog which unfortunately I’m totally spacing on, my apologies) which have these amazing sections of patterns and colors. The covers were created for a fictional record label called Dipsie As Well Records and may or may not have been created when someone accidentally took three caffeine pills at one time.
I love how the albums have a very similar structure and palette to them but each one still feels unique. I would definitely frame these and put them on my walls.
Back in the end of 2008 Shoot The Player (it’s like the Australian La Blogotheque) got together with the folks in Beach House to record a song. They ended up playing the song Used To Be which wasn’t released until their most recent album Teen Dream. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs on the album, but the album is pretty flawless anyhow. She also does a janky rendition of TLC’s Waterfalls which is pretty funny, it’s almost a karaoke quality performance. I hadn’t seen this video until the other day, I’m probably a little behind on this, but I thought I’d share it with you.