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.
Daithí: I knew I wanted the cover to reflect that this album was quite different from what I had done before. It needed to feel darker and more desolate, while also keeping a sense of nature and ‘Irishness’.
I stumbled upon David Smith’s Instagram account completely randomly one day, and was blown away by what I was seeing. The art he was creating was so in tune with what the music sounded like, I immediately sent him some of the album tracks, and we met later in Galway. He had returned to Ireland after a long time living in Hong Kong, and we got on very well, he was a fascinating person.
I would play the album while going through David’s work and see which spoke to me at any given time. The work I selected for the cover felt to me like a vista in the west of Ireland in the dead of night, illuminated by a giant moon with a dark tree branch reaching across the scene. I think it resonated with me because it had a mix of loss and recovery, a sense of hope in the dead of night.
David paints his works, so we agreed to use a selection of his paintings as the entire artwork collection for all singles released, and the album itself. It really tied the entire project together in a way that was really magical. David also painted a version of my logo, which we placed at the bottom of the album cover, with no text at all so as not to distract from the artwork.
Words: Jack O’Higgins