The art of music

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The connections between different strands of creative endeavour are often strong, and that’s certainly true when it comes to those between visual art and music. Just think of all those classic album sleeves and CD covers, some created by now legendary names like Barney Bubbles, Jamie Reid and Peter Saville.

Many Breed artists are inspired by music, not least Steven Wilson, who has also designed album and single artwork for a diverse range of artists himself. We thought we’d take you through a few of them here

William Prince is a Canadian singer-songwriter with a powerful voice. Steven designed the sleeve for his 2017 debut album on Glassnote ‘Earthly Days’, which won the 2017 Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year. Its single ‘Breathless’ has gained plays from Jo Whiley.

Also on Glassnote when he was working for them were synthpop band Panama Wedding. Steven designed the sleeves for their EPs ‘Parallel Play’, ‘Into Focus’ and single ‘All of the People’.

In 2016, Steven was behind the striking sleeve for American pop-rock band Against the Current’s debut album ‘In Our Bones’ on the Fueled by Ramen label through Warner Music Group.

The sixth album by Canadian band The New Pornographers, ‘Brill Bruisers’ in 2014, on Matador in the US, came in a very colourful 3D-effect sleeve by Steven.

Collaborating directly with the band, Steven created the spectacular box set edition of Muse’s 2012 album ‘The 2nd Law’, complete with CD, double vinyl, DVD and a set of posters.

SOJA are a Washington DC reggae band. Steven created an intricate cover, carved in wood, for their fifth album ‘Amid the Noise and Haste’ in 2014.

In 2008, Steven created the sleeve for Australian pop singer and producer Sam Sparro’s eponymous debut album on Island Records, and its single ‘21st Century Life’.

Going further back, Steven worked on sleeves for British electronic group Dub Pistols and American rockers Living Things.

We’ve put a selection of visuals together, so you can see and have a flick through below.