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Exposing ourselves in the South of France

Exposing ourselves in the South of France

Stylorouge have been invited to take part in a celebration of 50 years of design for music at the prestigious Graphic Design Centre in Echirolles in the South of France. POP MUSIC 1967-2017: GRAPHIC DESIGN AND MUSIC is an exhibition assembled by Blanche Alméras and Michel Bouvet, renowned Paris-based poster designer and exhibition curator, which runs from 17th November 2017 until 30th March 2018.
Stylorouge’s work was previously featured in an exhibition at the same location – SWINGING LONDON – back in 2004.
Among our other designs for the likes of The Cure, Bellowhead, Jamie Cullum and Crowded House, Michel has also opted to exhibit lesser known work – pictured here are singles and an album sleeve for Dublin singer/songwriter Mundy.

Fletcher Jackson on Radio 1

Fletcher Jackson on Radio 1

Singer-songwriter Fletcher Jackson releases another download single as he continues to impress media and fans alike. The Newcastle-based performer had his new track Undine Beauty selected as BBC Introducing’s track of the week back in July. It’s only a matter of time… (Design by Stylorouge)

Show of Hands have no secrets…

Show of Hands have no secrets…

Finally available to pre-order is No Secrets – A Visual History of Show of Hands, a 224 page hardback extravaganza celebrating the 25+ year career of the UK’s foremost folk/roots duo. Scheduled to be available on the weekend they play their fifth Royal Albert Hall show on Sunday 16th April, the book is a comprehensive document of their life on the road and in the recording studio. Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and third member Miranda Sykes were interviewed by writer/TV presenter Alexis Bowater and fRoots senior feature writer Elizabeth Kinder, and the resulting chapters are accompanied by selections from a vast archive of photography and memorabilia.
Stylorouge edited and designed the book which is published by Flood Gallery and available to pre-order now at:
http://www.thefloodgallery.com/products/show-of-hands-no-secrets?variant=37071708487

Chris To The Mill

Chris To The Mill

A box set of Chris Difford’s last three studio albums is to be released in March by Demon Music. I Didn’t Get Where I Am, The Last Temptaion of Chris and Cashmere If You Can, all with sleeves designed by Stylorouge, are bundled with previously unreleased tracks in a set called Chris To The Mill, which again features a Stylorouge front cover. Chris is currently working on a new Squeeze album with Glenn Tilbrook and is planning to release a single album version of his project Fancy Pants.

Repeat prescription for The Cure

Repeat prescription for The Cure

The vinyl re-issue of The Cure’s Greatest Hits album has given Stylorouge the opportunity to expand upon the original packaging of the album designed by the company back in 2001. Using photographs of Robert Smith taken by Rob O’Connor, the album and it’s acoustic counterpart are both making a reapppearance as gatefold double disc sets, either on black vinyl or picture disc. The picture disc versions are to be made available for Record store day on 22 April 2017.

Rick Wakeman – Grumpy Old Master!

Rick Wakeman – Grumpy Old Master!

Prog keyboard legend and much loved Grumpy Old Man Rick Wakeman has gone back to his roots for a new album of cover versions. Piano Portraits is a journey through Rick’s musical past – beautiful solo piano interpretations of some of the favourite timeless classics he learned as a young pianist growing up.
Apart from the seminal part he played in the emergence of Yes as one of the biggest prog rock bands in the world, he played keyboards on David Bowie’s breakthrough Hunky Dory album, and it is his solo piano version of Life On Mars that was the catalyst for this album, having played it on a tribute concert to Bowie after his death.
The design is by Mark Higenbottam at Stylorouge and photographs of Rick are by Rob O’Connor.

Full circle for K

Full circle for K

Almost a year after the release of the single Infinite Sun from the album K2.0, Kula Shaker take to the road to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their phenomenally successful debut, K. Stylorouge were commissioned to deliver a number of video clips to be used as projection material for the December dates, including venues in Japan.
One of our favourite clips from the set was to accompany the live favourite Hollow Man Part 1.

The band also prepare for 2017 by releasing another single from the album – Holy Flame is a live performance in a Richmond studio stolen from the full Infinite Sun video shoot day – ‘shot from-the-hip’, raw, spontaneous(ish) and black and white…

UB40 to the power of 3

UB40 to the power of 3

December sees the release of the first album by the three reunited founder members of UB40, Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue. Unplugged features up-close-and-personal reworkings of some of UB40’s classic hits, including Red Red Wine, Rat In Mi Kitchen and One In Ten. For good measure, the set also includes the previously unrecorded Many Rivers To Cross and Purple Rain.

Stylorouge were commissioned to produce the album packaging and marketing tools for the campaign; TV commercial, performance video clips and print. Filmed and photographed in a single day at RAK studios in London where the band were recording the album, photos are by Rob O’Connor, and design by Mark Higenbottam. Jamie Gibson edited the video assets in-house at Stylorouge.

Cool Heat, Burnin Beat

Cool Heat, Burnin Beat

Another collaboration between Imelda May drummer Steve Rushton and British jazz chanteuse Louise Cookman, this time requiring a sleeve that evoked the pioneering be-bop spirit of the 1960’s. Cool Heat, Burnin Beat was recorded by Nick Taylor at
Porcupine Studios, London in August 2016.
Photography by Rob O’Connor, design for Stylorouge by Matt Shurben.

Music really is Cool For Cats

Music really is Cool For Cats

You couldn’t make it up – an album of music written and recorded specifically for cats, and in it’s first week it keeps Michael Ball and Alfie Boe off the top spot in the classical album charts. This is a project that has completely captured the imagination of the (presumably cat-owning) public.

The brainchild of American classical composer and cellist David Teie, Music For Cats presented Stylorouge with an unique challenge; to produce a campaign to promote an eccentric musical proposition – no specific musical fan base, and in general, unknown territory – without losing its integrity (too much!). Fortunately, the project comes with the support of a well-researched background. Tests have shown that cats really do respond positively to the music, and cat-lovers do tend to be active online. We made TV commercials that were aimed at both the daytime televison viewer and social networks, and promotional video clips that presented some of the music in a more immersive form by extended the visual branding that we had devised for the album.

The Shires Go higher and higher

The Shires Go higher and higher

It has been our pleasure to be involved in the latest chapter of The Shires meteoric success story.
We were asked to produce and art direct a photoshoot on location for the campaign for their forthcoming album My Universe. Pip took the shots over the two days in central Spain, and we returned to a gloomy UK with a wealth of sun-soaked visual material for the packaging – and video footage courtesy of James Moriarty’s video work.
News of the release of the first single from the album, Beats To Your Rhythm was drip-fed via video announcements on socials, and a pre-roll for the single, a sizzle reel and trailer for the album were all edited in-house at Stylorouge. Beats To Your Rhythm is already getting strong airplay, two months ahead of the album release date of October 7th and was immediately selected as Radio 2’s Record Of The Week.

A new look for McFly

A new look for McFly

With a series of live dates lined up for September, McFly wanted a new logo, with a clean, fresh but classic look to it.
Working with Bass-man Dougie Poynter, we designed the logo and the posters for the gigs, which will celebrate their five-album back catalogue by showcasing all of them over 12 nights in four cities. The Anthology Tour kicks off in Manchester on September 12th. Photography by Louie Banks.

Rob Richings

Rob Richings

Swindon-based singer-songwriter Rob Richings releases his first album Parkas And Boots in November, having made the decision to change career following a life threatening illness. His songwriting took on a more poignant direction and the new album reflects that and touches on the strength of the relationships that helped him through his adversity. Stylorouge were asked to create the packaging for Parkas And Boots, and our customary good luck failed us when we scheduled the outdoor photoshoot on one of the greyest, rainiest days of the year. The long day presented us with a glorious finale though, and a front cover image that lent the album the thoughtful, natural narrative that was an important part of Rob’s initial brief.
Rob’s philosophy on performance is refreshing: “Standing in front of a crowd armed with an instrument and a set of songs – there’s a simple honesty about that. It’s what musicians have done for thousands of years and for me the simpler and more honest life is the more beautiful it becomes”.
The album release is preceded by the single Ten Seconds.
Photography by Rob O’Connor.

Letting you know about Alex Maxwell 

Letting you know about Alex Maxwell 

Hollywood Records introduced us to the lovely Alex Maxwell, whose third single, Letting You Know is released on August 5th and which comes accompanied by a Stylorouge designed cover. Alex is already something of a YouTube phenomenon, with both her previous singles clocking up around half a million views each. Her debut album will arrive in 2017. Photography by Rob O’Connor, assisted by Jack Breedon.

Believe in Jonathan

Believe in Jonathan

Jonathan Antoine broke onto the classical crossover scene when he appeared with great success on the UK TV show Britain’s Got Talent with his then singing partner Charlotte. Three albums later he launches yet another, still at the tender age of 21. Believe is a beautiful collection of songs to be released on Cavendish Records. The affable and unassuming Jonathan has clocked up an incredible 200 million YouTube hits and has earned his place among the elite of the popular classical community.
He became a tenor at 14, and is a passionate lover of all things musical. A self-professed humanitarian, Jonathan is a keen guitarist – he has built up a collection of 13 guitars so far…
Stylorouge art directed and designed the packaging for the new release and Simon Fowler took the photographs on location in Buckinghamshire.