A collection of prints honours influential bands in stamp type, defining their music with nice and minimal designs.
Uninterested in the standard band posters? Eager to pay tribute to as many heroes of music as potential however feeling stymied by wall house? Liverpool-based print makers Dorothy have discovered simply the answer.
Their Stamp Albums series has been celebrating the heroes of other music since 2017, with two new prints launched this month solely on their web site. Consisting of litho prints dedicated to massive indie genres like psychedelia and post-punk, every sheet is made up of over 40 envelope stamp designs adorned with band names and their one massive basic – plus new paintings by Dorothy that encapsulates the act via patterns and shapes.
Featured bands on the prints thus far have included the likes of The Prodigy, Radiohead, Burial and Tame Impala, together with unsung greats resembling The Olivia Tremor Management, World Communication and Moonshake.
“The idea originally came from a bit of wordplay,” says Dorothy designer Jim Quail. “I used to be considering of re-imagining basic music albums in stamp type to create a brand new assortment of prints known as ‘Stamp Albums’. On the time I used to be listening to a whole lot of post-punk which appeared to suit the idea (publish + stamp *insert drum sting*).
“It was a case of taking something that I enjoyed and was interested in, and then responding to them visually,” Jim continues. “The undertaking I’d been engaged on previous to the stamps was a really research-heavy, detail-driven blueprint mapping out relationships throughout various music, so I needed to make one thing pattern-orientated, illustrative and conscious of musical enter.
“After releasing the Post-Rock and Post-Punk collections we found that not many individuals actually cared in regards to the wordplay. It was the visible look of the print that was actually capturing their creativeness.
“This was nice as a result of it meant we may roll the idea out to different genres and didn’t should depend on the phrase ‘post’, and as such we’ve lately added Digital and Psychedelic albums to the gathering.”
Jim’s designs had been impressed by graphic classic European stamps, and explicit lyrics or the names of bands and their featured album. Different concepts for graphics in the meantime got here from the music itself, making an attempt to explain how the albums sound visually (instance under).
“All of them go through loads and loads of re-designs and different approaches,” Jim reveals. “Some come together quite quickly, some I feel like I might never finish.”
I ask Jim whether or not the designs have taken on added poignance on this period of premature rockstar deaths, particularly in current days with the passing of Prodigy’s Keith Flint and Discuss Discuss frontman Mark Hollis, the person who satisfied his new wave group to do a 360 and singlehandedly invent the post-rock sound.
“Most of our prints are our attempt to celebrate the music that we love, and ways to think about the impact it’s had on us and our lives,” he replies. “Talk Talk had such a huge and profound impact on me, both the music itself and the story around it.”
Anticipate one other genre-celebrating print this summer time – and be careful on the radar for the chance to buy these designs as sheets of bona fide stamps for the first time ever.