I was approached by Real World Records to design Joseph Arthur’s new album – The Family. This New York based artist is an experimental multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter, who has been part of the Real World family for this, his 5th album. Each track is based on the perspectives of a different fictional family member and from different points in history. It was written on a Steinway Vertegrande from 1912 – which was previously owned only by one family for 100 years.
Inspired by the theme of the album I created artwork that was part journal/part photo album. The design incorporates a family photo on the cover and pictures of the Steinway, as well as written notes and paintings relating to each track created by Joseph.
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'This is a wonderfully eclectic album full of beautiful acoustic melodies dealing with some difficult issues that happen within the family structure such as war, murder, despair, love, loss and fate. An intensely thought provoking offering, from somebody who surely has to be one of the hardest working and multi talented artists around. If you purchase one album this year, make it this one it will not disappoint.' MaximumVolumeMusic.com
'This album began with two things; a 1912 Steinway piano that Arthur found at a bargain price, which led him to begin writing on piano, rather than guitar; and a song called You Wear Me Out, whose exhausted title typifies the complex family dynamics that became the theme of the entire record.... we come to him for a gorgeous stew of sound.' Sunday Times