Our pals in Death Cab for Cutie revealed the title and cover art for their forthcoming album, to be released March 31.
(I've heard the record and it's truly stunning, full of soul and subtle complexity.)
"The album's called Kintsugi," bassist Nick Harmer told Rolling Stone. "It's a Japanese style of art where they take fractured, broken ceramics and put them back together with very obvious, real gold. It's making the repair of an object a visual part of its history. That resonated with us as a philosophy, and it connected to a lot of what we were going through, both professionally and personally."
The hypertalented team at Hum Creative, led by Kate Harmer, designed the Kintsugi packaging and posted on their site about the creative process working with Seattle artist Joe Rudko who made the cover artwork. From Hum Creative:
(Rudko) created this photographic kintsugi by running the photo through a shredder, and then rearranged the shreds, connecting them with spotting pen. "The process is about tapping into new ways of seeing the same thing. Lately I've been using paper shredders in the studio as a means of fragmenting images. I like the idea of breaking apart a mechanically produced photograph with an equally mechanical tool, and then finding an alternative logic to restructure the image. I used photographic spotting pens, a tool designed to correct analog photographs, as the drawing medium."