Hello internet community! I’ve got a special post for you courtesy of MPT drummer extraordinaire, Matt Gorgula! In addition to his prodigious skills on the drums, Matt is the main man responsible for all our graphic design and artwork, including our recent second release, Praeda Maris.
A feature of the artwork design is the ability for the cover to be customised, thanks to the inclusion of several transparent sheets. In the picture above shows six of the seven clear sheets sitting on top of the white album booklet. Of course you can layer the sheets on top of each other any way you choose, there’s options for a myriad of effects. Here’s what my copy looks like today…. 🙂
Matt agreed to share with us a little about the inspirations behind his work. Over to him!
I was lucky to spend a decent amount of time travelling through the Australian desert and across the Arafura Sea. I found myself here strangely enough living on a yatch for a few weeks recording audio for a documentary and then working on a train waking up strangers for their morning cup of tea. Watching the contrasting landscapes change over a number of days at a time gave me a wonderful perspective and fresh out outlook.
The representation of these two environments definitely had a major influence toward the visual concept of Praeda Maris.
In the album’s early conception there were two significant objects that I discovered; a magical piece of paper and a book about Australian deep sea divers. To explain: I had an image that I put aside in that ‘I’m no longer going to need pile’ and weeks later found it, with bright coloured ink everywhere from being drenched in water. The book I discovered in an overflowing second hand bookstore at Murray Bridge; in one of those moments where you have a few hours to kill and you end up wandering aimlessly. Every now and then you find a gem that changes or sparks a new direction.
I photographed a series of sea waste collections from some of our Adelaide beaches in the process of sorting and inspecting. I stored some pieces in jars and dried various pieces on white material in the sun. I really liked exploring objects that in a general sense we can often disregard and miss how something so simple can be beautiful.
The last cover for Villanelles was of flowers donated from the neighborhood gardens of Bowden and photographed under a kitchen stove light – one photograph with no digital layering. I was always aiming to take a similar approach and maintain this principle for the new album, but the idea evolved and clear film allowed me to explore something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Being able to see what is usually one flattened image and go beneath it allows you to almost get inside the image. In this case you’re looking into a jar of seaweed and toward the shore of an island in the Tanimbar region of Indonesia.
Shuffle the layers, peer into them and rearrange them – misplace them, write notes on them or stick them to your windows in the sun. Continue to explore and maybe even find yourself eventually on that mysterious island you’re dreaming of.
“Praeda Maris” available now AUS/NZ UK/EUR DOWNLOAD or write to us.