The Choice Music Awards is an annual celebration of the best Irish albums. We delve a little deeper to discover the story behind the album artwork chosen by some of the contenders and its relationship to the music in question.
It took over 150 portrait shots before Dublin-based duo We Cut Corners landed on the right one for the cover of The Cadences of Others.
“The design process on this album was, suitably enough, quite a fragmented one. The photograph was taken by Sean & Yvette, in Dublin 8’s South Studios. We took the photo to the graphic designer, Niamh Redmond, who worked the image into its ultimate state of fragmentation. The last part of the process was overseen by Alex Synge who was responsible for formatting the album art, which is a sizeable task when dealing with a gatefold 12”.
Early on in the recording process, we decided that we wanted the album cover to be a portrait, largely founded on the fact that we hadn’t featured in the artwork of our previous records. Initially, we wanted to play with shredding a physical photograph but the results of this experimentation never reflected the clean, precise nature of the music. Niamh managed to make something, quite obviously, digitally manipulated feel very organic.
We probably took about 150 portrait shots for this album cover. The photograph that made the cover was the one incidence where the flash failed to go off. The effect was to give the shot an atmosphere and depth we could never have replicated in post-production.”
thefirst47.com (Alex Synge)