“Amatilda” artwork by Jan Stoewe

Jan Stoewe - Amatilda face illustration.
Illustration: Jan Stoewe

Being a shallow kind of guy, I’ve always been of the opinion that album artwork should be as good as the music. Sure, it’s ultimately about the music but beautiful artwork and packaging can create a mystique that makes me feel more attached or involved in the music.

A perfect example is the new Jan Driver album “Amatilda” recently released on Boysnoize Records (and recommended to all you freaks who like Mr Oizo or SebastiAn). The artwork has been done by Jan Stoewe and a piece for each album track (as well as audio) can be viewed on the Amatilda website.

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Martin Creed (and irrational fears)

The Herb Whisperer and I share several completely justifiable irrational fears: Phil Collins; buskers/street performers; and Experimental Music™. Luckily we beg to differ on a few important things in life – he despises eggplants, I despise marzipan.

I mention this because I’m currently recovering from tonsillitis and am off my chops on codeine + antibiotics + ibuprofen. It must be the drugs because I’m not normally into “art” music but this morning (thanks to Paul Morley) I was reacquainted with artist Martin Creed and his lovely new song “Thinking / Not Thinking”:

EVEN BETTER see The Guardian’s video of “Martin Creed live session: How I wrote… Thinking/Not Thinking”

SEE ALSO Paul Morley Showing Off… Martin Creed

Martin Creed was here in Christchurch, New Zealand for the 2006 Scape Biennial. I never went to his gig but his artwork on Oxford Terrace was my favourite in the whole event:

Martin Creed. Work No.615 (2006).
Martin Creed Work No.615 (2006). © SCAPE Christchurch Biennial.

Sadly, SCAPE 2010 had to be postponed because of the 4 September 2010 earthquake and will not be going ahead now because of the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

In the meantime you can relive Scape 2006 with Andrew Paul Wood’s interview with Martin Creed.