MAT MARTIN | The Salted Air – Nadine Khouri (Album Art)

Client: Nadine Khouri / One Flash Records

Brief: Album artwork for 'The Salted Air'

Formats: 12" Gatefold (Coloured Vinyl) | 12" | CD Gatefold | DL

Photography by Steve Gullick

Nadine Khouri - The Salted Air
Nadine Khouri - The Salted Air

The artwork for Nadine Khouri’s new album, ‘The Salted Air’, builds on the ongoing collaboration between Nadine and photographer Steve Gullick, whose textured and smoky portraits match the depth and subtlety of her music beautifully.

In previous projects with Nadine we began a process offsetting these rich images with delicate geometric shapes and lines. This approach was further developed here, dropping layered typography into the rich textures of the images and using the gatefold format to reveal further, more coloured portraits. The depth and richness of colour in Steve’s photographs allowed us to indulge in a reverent nod to some of the vintage Vaughn Oliver Studio work for 4AD, too.

Special mention to the imaging wizardry of Joe at LookHappy Design, who helped us with texture extraction on this project.

The album is beautifully produced by John Parish, and even features my old school friend and guitar tech Steve on backing vocals.