The Violet Hour
Although digital music formats eclipsed analog formats decades ago, vinyl LPs have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years–much to the delight of musicians and designers. Vinyl offers richer, warmer sound as well as a larger canvas of visual real estate–12 square inches worth–for artists to play with. The combination of LPs’ aural and physical impact have made an indelible impression on a new generation of music consumers.
The Violet Hour’s debut album was released on LP by Baltimore’s Friends Records in 2011. I was fortunate to be involved in the project as a musician and a designer. Much of the album’s lyrical and visual content was inspired by a trek my bandmate and I took to Machu Picchu: mountains, orchids, cloud forests, the Lines of Nazca, and a multitude of hummingbirds are all a part of the album’s iconography. This LP package includes designs for the jacket, insert, sticker, and LP labels. The outer sleeve was silkscreened by the talented Baltimore artist and musician, Chris Day.