This summer I left behind my art studio in Switzerland and moved to the US. I am now in Ithaca NY for a new chapter in my career (more about my new hometown in a forthcoming blogpost) and you will not be surprised that except for some color doodles you may have seen on my Instagram account I have been a little more occupied with settling in than with new artistic productions. However, all the exciting projects mentioned in previous articles are well underway, and I am very happy to announce the release of a particularly pleasant collaboration: my very first CD cover artwork for the album "Empyrean Tones".
The CD features Jason McGuiness aka Analog Burners' best productions so far and has just been released by the established Japanese label Ultra Vybe (which celebrated its 30th anniversary - not a small accomplishment in the current record industry). The compilation is a great introduction to those not familiar with Analog Burners' catalogue. It also features a cast of great jazz musicians such as Kamasi Washington, Keyon Harrold and Phil Ranelin. As a music aficionado, I can’t tell you how excited I am not just to see my first CD cover artwork being released, but to see it in the form of a Japan import with a nice obi. Japan is well-known for their exclusive new releases and reissues, and this Japan-only compilation is another example of that.
Of course you can order "Empyrean Tones" online, for example via Disk Union (the world's biggest record store), Tower records Japan or HMV Japan, or you can ask your favorite record store to order it (and I really think it is always a great idea to support your local record store). For the time being, it comes only as a CD release, but there might be a vinyl edition if the album sells well. Fingers crossed. And above all, congrats to Jason McGuiness for this release. It makes it easier to wait for the release of the new album he is currently finishing.