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Continuity for the Vicars Picnic…

Continuity for the Vicars Picnic…

Now in it’s third year, the best little festival on the banks of the Medway, the Vicar’s Picnic took advantage of it’s larger site this year by upping the ante and booking artists like Brit-pop legends Cast to grace the bill. Located in Yalding, the home of Stylorouge, we were delighted to be involved in a small way in the charitable event, so to complement the addition of large-screen TV coverage to the two day festival, we provided the animated billing continuity for the bands scheduled to play the two stages. A great weekend even the lousy weather couldn’t spoil – roll on July 2016…

Show Of Hands back to their roots

]Steve Knightley and Phil Beer have made a raw, rural, back-to-basics folk album, mixing new Knightley compositions with traditional songs and unusually for the UK’s favourite folk-roots duo, a couple of songs by another contemporary writer, Chris Hoban, whose work has hugely impressed them in recent years. ‘Katrina’, which featured on their last album Wake The Union and which has become a fixture in their recent live shows, was also one of Hoban’s. This new album, The Long Way Home, has a Stylorouge sleeve, with photographs by Rob O’Connor, shot on location around Faversham Creek.

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Squeeze – The journey of a lifetime…

Squeeze – The journey of a lifetime…

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From The Cradle To The Grave is unbelievably Squeeze’s first studio album of new material since Domino (1998), and they will tour the UK in autumn to promote it. Stylorouge have been busy working on all things Squeeze during the past few weeks, not least of all, preparing the artwork for the album packaging itself. The band’s website is also getting an overhaul, and the band were photographed both on location in Kent and in the recording studio by Rob O’Connor, for press, promotion and merchandise use.
Many of the songs on the album were written specifically by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook to accompany the new TV comedy-dramatisation of the first part of broadcaster Danny Baker’s autobiography To Sea In A Sieve (a recommended read). A fellow South-east Londoner and old mate, Danny approached Chris and Glenn as soon as the TV show was being discussed. The resulting album is a tour-de-force, and a deal has been struck with their old record company Universal to give it the international push it deserves.

The Silver Clef Awards – The Long and winding road to Nordoff Robbins

The Silver Clef Awards – The Long and winding road to Nordoff Robbins

2015 saw the 40th anniversary of the Silver Clef Awards, the flagship annual fundraising event organised by much loved and supported Music Therapy charity Nordoff Robins. The Outside Organisation’s Julian Stockton came up with a mind-boggling ‘six degrees of separation’ style stream-of-consciousness copy to link together the achievements of all the 50 musical artists whio have won the coveted Silver Clef throughout its history. Our job was to visualise this in an appealing way, and in the process to create an item that would cop a few quid at auction for the charity. Our solution was a board game design that visually tapped into the chain-like theme, and a cool 900 quid was added to the phenomenal total of £740,000 that was raised at the prestigious event.
Those graciously accepting awards at the posh lunchtime do included Jake Bugg, Kasabian, Iron Maiden, and Primal Scream.

Bigger and better for Brett

Bigger and better for Brett

One of the busiest DoP’s (Director of Photography) in the business needs a suitably efficient and capacious place to showcase his prolific output, and so, after several years, the time came to upgrade Brett Turnbull’s original Stylorouge-built website. Still adorned with the logo and branding we designed for him some 10 years ago, Brett has added a large amount of his promo, documentary and commercials work, and wherever appropriate in super-duper HD. We have re-modelled the site to accommodate the vast library and have optimised it for mobile and tablet viewing.
We’re not biased of course, but in particular, you may wish to take a look at his new work and his promo for Enya, which are among his previous collaborations with our director Rob O’Connor for Stylorouge.

David Gilmour’s Paradise regained

David Gilmour’s Paradise regained

Pink Floyd front man David Gilmour has announced his forthcoming new solo album on September 22nd, with the release of a new single. Both go under the name Rattle That Lock. Stylorouge have been appointed to create online and video marketing assets, including short teaser video clips, an animated 3D “unboxing” video, and a dedicated microsite (in conjunction with The Unit). Much of the campaign features imagery based on the album sleeve, which was designed by The Creative Corporation, which followed a ‘Paradise Lost related brief.

Jamie Gibson has created this animated teaser clip in-house at Stylorouge.

Just the ticket for Squeeze

Just the ticket for Squeeze

Squeeze are back in the studio with a view to releasing later in the year what we calculate will be their 14th studio album, and the 8th that has packaging designed by Stylorouge.
They’ve also confirmed an autumn UK tour, during which they will be supported by the sublime (Dr) John Cooper Clarke. Stylorouge were collared to design a campaign for the Cradle To The Grave tour, which takes its name from one of the newly recorded songs, many of which will be featured on a unique, yet-to-be-announced telly experience – but more news on that later, it demands a story in it’s own right…

McBusted’s Most Excellent DVD release

McBusted’s Most Excellent DVD release

Stylorouge have designed the DVD packaging for the forthcoming live McBusted DVD and Blu-ray, or to give it it’s full billing… McBusted’s Most Excellent Adventure Tour Live at the O2. It gets a commercial release in the UK on June 22nd.

The front image includes a band shot taken by Ray Burmiston and art directed by Form.

Stylorouge also created a 30 second ’TV’ spot to advertise the release during the build-up to the shows at the arenas visited by the band on the tour.

A new site for Rob’s photography

A new site for Rob’s photography

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Stylorouge creative director Rob O’Connor has updated his photography website at roboconnorphotography.com, finally adding new images of Show Of Hands, Imelda May, Colour of Noise, Imagined Village, Gareth Malone, Katmen, Sway and members of McBusted.

A potted history edit of Rob’s director’s showreel has also been added alongside a little promo clip of his stills shoot with Opera singer Maria Romo on location in Kent.

Framed at Gibson

Framed at Gibson

Following their recent move to swish new showrooms in London’s West End, Gibson Guitars (known nowadays as Gibson Brands) extended a generous invitation to Stylorouge to exhibit some of our work there, where, in keeping with the plethora of galleries in the area, their windows have been dedicated an exhibition space.

Taking the opportunity to rifle through our archives we whittled down to about a hundred of our favourite sleeves and then re-whittled to a smaller but perfectly formed selection, and then decided to pop them online in a blog too. Stylorouge 331/3 will continue to add sleeve designs from our history at random, occasionally with anecdotal comment, always with captions.

The sleeve designs selected for the Gibson display have been printed, signed and framed especially for the two month stay in Eastcastle Street, which commenced on March 3rd. Contact viv@stylorouge.co.uk for further information.

A raft of work for Pink Floyd

A raft of work for Pink Floyd

Following in the footsteps of the legendary Storm Thorgerson is not a mission for the faint-hearted, but Stylorouge were delighted to be asked by Pink Floyd and creative director and celebrated director and co-founder of Hipgnosis Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell to do just that, for their highly anticipated double album The Endless River.  Apart from art directing the sleeve artwork, which was based on a concept by young Egyptian artist Ahmed Emad Eldin, Stylorouge have produced the pre-launch marketing for the November 10 release, for print, TV and online.

A microsite has been designed and built in conjunction with our strategic web partners The Unit, which will ‘drip-feed’ samples of audio and video content from the Endless River during the next few weeks; animated digital billboards across the UK, building wraps across Europe and the USA, video clips for online marketing, and at the core of the campaign, a beautiful sleeve image photographed by Simon Fowler and art directed by Rob O’Connor.

The campaign continues, under the watchful creative eye of Stylorouge’s Jamie Gibson, who is responsible for creating all the video and digital assets, with design by Mark Higenbottam, assisted by Matt Shurben.

Having collaborated on previous projects with Storm, it ia a great privilege to have been invited to follow his phenomenal work and again, be part of Pink Floyd’s amazing history.

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Island Outpost

Island Outpost

Stylorouge were delighted to be approached by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell’s company Island Outpost to create new brand identities for a number of their portfolio of unique Jamaican vacation resorts.  A full suite of visual collateral has been developed for the branding exercise, and the respective websites are also undergoing a visual overhaul courtesy of Mark Higenbottam and Jamie Gibson at Stylorouge.The brief was to highlight the individuality of the group of holiday destinations, whilst retaining a visual consistency for the inherently eclectic group.  The new branding for The Caves picks up on the colourful culture of Jamaica and the joyous bohemia of the resort itself, but with an air of sophistication.

The premium nature of Fleming Villa demanded something that conveyed the privacy of the location, and it’s position, tucked away in lush tropical gardens on the Oracabessa coastline.  The first of the identities to be introduced will be for The Caves, a relaxing haven built into the rocky hillsides close to the busy town of Negril, and then Fleming Villa, which was originally built as the holiday home of the iconic author and inventor of the world’s most famous secret agent James Bond.

Tori Amos, In her Hell-Lament

Tori Amos, In her Hell-Lament

“Trouble’s Lament” is the Devil-baiting Americana-flavoured first single release from Tori Amos’ highly praised new album “Unrepentant Geraldines”. The track was released on March 28th, but has since been accompanied by a mysterious and highly narrative video, co-produced by Stylorouge and Ki Films.

Directed by Beau Fowler and produced by Rob O’Connor, the clip was shot on location and follows a script developed from Tori’s own original concept.

The darker than usual mood of the song reflects the theme of the lyric. Tori (who is originally from North Carolina) stated that her Southern roots were influential: “It’s really in the blood. It’s almost like you listen to the land speaking to you. And wherever I am I can hear the South calling me. I really like the idea that trouble was a young woman….I see her on my travels a lot. And maybe I knew her many years ago when I was in my twenties.”

Tribal goes global

Tribal goes global

In our opinion, the owner of the finest female voice on the live circuit, Imelda May finally releases her new album Tribal, with packaging and marketing by Stylorouge.  To support the release, Decca records also commissioned Stylorouge to make a TV spot and several video clips, for use online and in telly promotions.

Rob O’Connor directed an EPK, a Behind-The Scenes clip and the first up Tribal teaser, which we previewed back in February.With two singles already released from Tribal, the album is making waves around the world, and Imelda’s live itinerary is now stretching into December, with dates in Ireland (naturally), France, Spain, Canada and the USA.

App that heralds the future of the album

App that heralds the future of the album

The Norwegian pop star Bernhoft’s release Islander is the first to be presented in an amazing new album app format. Stylorouge were asked to create a number of video clips to promote the groundbreaking app, which was produced by veteran record producer Philip Tennant, and created by HD360.

Utilising Bernhoft’s natural exuberance and performance skills, the clips feature the singer presenting the amazing features on the app, including the HD audio, a mixing console, a loop station and eleven bespoke video clips, including a mind-boggling user-controlled 360 degree recording studio experience.

Interviews with Philip Tennant, the app developer and with Bernhoft himself were shot over a number of days and edited into a variety of formats ready for the media onslaught…