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Squeeze – Dreams are made of this…

Squeeze – Dreams are made of this…

Two years after Cradle To The Grave, their triumphant studio album return, Squeeze are back with another set of Difford & Tilbrook gems; The Knowledge. Recorded at their own 45RPM studio in Charlton, South-east London, and with production duties shared between founder band member Glenn Tilbrook and legendary knob-twiddler Laurie Latham, the album was released through Warner Music’s ADA on October 13th.

Following the success of their last double vinyl release, The Knowledge is also available as a gatefold 12 inch, with packaging designed once again by Stylorouge. Illustrator Pete Lloyd pitched in with some valuable illustration assistance.
With Melvyn Duffyand Lucy Shaw unavailable for the supporting autumn/winter Join The Dots tour, Steve Smith (formerly of Dirty Vegas) and veteran bassist Yolanda Charles will join Chris, Glenn, Simon Hanson and Stephen Large in the live Squeeze line-up.
Band photography was by Rob O’Connor.

Nick Knowles does it for himself

Nick Knowles does it for himself

Finding himself after a day’s filming on the roof of a London hotel with the band Biffy Clyro who had just returned triumphantly from the Brits Awards, and in need of further alcoholic refreshment, Nick Knowles (off the telly) got talking with the band about music, and picking up an acoustic guitar, a spontaneous medley of hits by The Commodores ensued. This turn of events is apparently not unfamiliar to Mr. Knowles (of Lottery Show and DIY SOS fame), so it was probably inevitable that at some point his friends in A&R would persuade him to record an album of his own. Every Kind Of People is the result – 12 songs selected by Nick from his bulging list of desert island discs – to be released through Universal Music on November 10th.

Stylorouge were appointed to create the sleeve and campaign materials for the release, with Rob O’Connor taking the shots and directing the performance video clips for a TV commercial and online marketing.

David Gilmour returns to Pompeii

David Gilmour returns to Pompeii

During the last 18 months Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour has toured the world playing a two and a half hour set of solo material and Pink Floyd classics. One of the shows was a historic return to Pompeii where Pink Floyd made history and a world famous documentary by playing live in the then empty amphitheatre… in 2016 the place was packed for the first ever live rock show to be hosted there in front of an audience.
The resulting film and album will be released in September in a variety of luxury formats designed by Blade Design.
To announce the forthcoming release Stylorouge were asked to create a microsite and a suite of marketing tools, including online advertising, a 3D unboxing video and an animated ident for the project.

Pale Seas set sail at last

Pale Seas set sail at last

UK indie band Pale Seas are finally set to release their debut album Stargazing For Beginners. The highly regarded four-piece approached Stylorouge to help them put the sleeve together for this inaugural outing, which features an authentically medieval-looking gothic painting by Denis Forkas and photos of the band by Hollie Fernando.

Come On Irene

Come On Irene

Greek indie pop singer, Irene Skylakaki, now resident in London, has been working on a new album of her own songs. Matterless is produced by Danton Supple (Coldplay’s X&Y, Amy MacDonald, Doves). Stylorouge have filmed a promo clip for the title track, Matterless, and have been working on Irene’s album sleeve. A single, The First Days of Spring was released – in the spring – and Irene has been gigging in and around London. Photography by Rob O’Connor.

Their Mortal Remains to be seen

Their Mortal Remains to be seen

Pink Floyd have enjoyed the most fruitful relationship with the ground-breaking image-makers; Sleeve designers Hipgnosis, filmmakers and live production designers Mark Fisher and Jonathan Park among them, and Stylorouge have also had the privilege of working with this most iconic of bands since 1993, when we collaborated with Storm Thorgerson on the 20th anniversary re-issue of The Dark Side Of The Moon.

Their complete career is celebrated in a beautifully immersive visual and aural experience at London’s V&A Museum which has now been extended until 15th October 2017.

Stylorouge created a micro site to announce the exhibition, and our work for the band is represented in the exhibition in the form of the album sleeve for their last ever studio album release The Endless River.

Stylorouge in print

Stylorouge in print

Classic Pop magazine sent design journalist Andrew Dinely to take a look around Stylorouge’s studio and chew the cud with Rob O’Connor about the company’s work, from our 1980’s beginnings to the present day. The feature will be in the September issue of the mag which is available in all good newsagents etc from mid- August.

Meanwhile, the renowned Japanese design bible, +81 celebrate their 20th anniversary by featuring a potted history of design since their inception. They have chosen to feature the Stylorouge poster design for the Trainspotting movie, which actually came out in 1996.

The Anarchy Arias

The Anarchy Arias

The ultimate cultural music mash-up could quite possibly be the marriage of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English National Opera and the much loved – and maligned – output of late ’70’s punk rock. The Anarchy Arias project brought these honourable musical establishment institutions together to celebrate the very movement that, given half a chance would have opposed their very existence forty years ago.

The Sex Pistols’ Pretty Vacant, The Stranglers’ No More Heroes and Neat Neat Neat by The Damned are among the punk classics that are given a bow-tied make-over on this most unlikely of albums, and Stylorouge were chosen to pull the whole shooting match together in album cover form.

Instagram – better late than never

Instagram – better late than never

Whenever we’re not attending to our actual workload we have resolved to review our archives and pluck a few shiny needles from the portfolio haystack from time to time to share online. Apart from our “33 and a third” Tumblr page (http://stylorougesleevearchive.tumblr.com)  we’ve also finally relented and joined the ranks of Instagrammers. stylorouge_official is the perfect place to park a few long lost record sleeves in the hope that some of them might wake up some dewy-eyed memories for those who are busy celebrating the vinyl renaissance.

Follow us there and we promise to make the effort to upload the good stuff!

Fang Club

Fang Club

Irish indie rockers Fang Club follow up their debut ep releases on Universal with their long-awaited self-titled album. With artwork by Ronan Sweeney and art directed by the band’s own Steven King. Stylorouge were appointed to artwork the package, where it has become a regular on the studio playlist.

Fang Club will be touring Ireland throughout October.  http://www.fangclubofficial.com/live/

Philip Henry & Hannah Martin – Edgelarks take flight

Philip Henry & Hannah Martin – Edgelarks take flight

BBC Folk Award winners Philip Henry & Hannah Martin release a new album this autumn (their fifth) and reveal a new name for themselves. The album and the highly respected duo will both be known as Edgelarks – a brave move for the duo having built an enviable following in the folk roots arena, but having done several tours now augmented by other fine musicians they felt the time was right to re-brand to allow room for similar future collaborations.

They asked Stylorouge to design a logo that honoured the aesthetics of the acoustic music scene and represents the transient and avian themes that the new album explores.

The album is due to be released in the autumn.

Rick goes gold

Rick goes gold

Going back to basics has proven to be a great success for legendary prog-rocker Rick Wakeman. The former Yes keyboard wizard is celebrating sales of 60.000 copies of his solo piano album Piano Portraits, for which Stylorouge created the sleeve design. Our working relationship with Rick has also been extended by the production of merchandise items and the design of the branding for his production company Art In Music.

After impressive ticket sales, a second leg of live dates has been added to promote the album, and among the PR activity he was a hugely gracious and entertaining guest on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

Design for Stylorouge was by Mark Higenbottam.

Art Vinyl champions the vinyl renaissance

Art Vinyl champions the vinyl renaissance

Among the 50 nominated album sleeves in this year’s Art Vinyl Awards were two designed by Stylorouge; Kula Shaker’s K2.0 and Jake Bugg’s On My One. The award event took place on 5th January at a reception in the Hari Hotel, London SW1. Stylorouge creative director Rob O’Connor hooked up there with collaborators Kate Baylay, illustrator of the beautiful image for the Kula Shaker album, and Liverpool-based artist Nathan Pendlebury, whose work adorned Jake’s album and singles.
The sleeve for The Last Shadow Puppets’ Everything You’ve Come To Expect was voted the winner, which featured a vintage image of Tina Turner. Our congratulations to the sleeve’s designer Matthew Cooper.

University talks

University talks

Stylorouge creative director Rob O’Connor accepted invitations to give talks at two universities during January; on 18th he spoke about our creative process to a student body of graphic design students at Middlesex University and a week later to the MA Graphics course at Kingston University. Constructing talks such as this gives us the chance to look at our own work objectively and makes us realise that we’re not very nostalgic about the work we’ve done previously – it’s always more relevant and exciting to talk about our latest or current work.
Many thanks to course-leaders Andy Vella at Middlesex and Paul Postle at Kingston for the invitations.

George Michael

George Michael

It is with huge sadness that we add our own tribute to the millions of others following the news of George Michael’s untimely death. We had the pleasure of working with George on several occasions; memorably on covers for the early Wham singles and later on his phenomenal Faith album.
He was a remarkably generous and creative, gentle man. During our time working on a charity auction in recent years we asked him to sign a printers proof of a design to add value to the piece – he did so willingly and in addition he made the most generous donation to the charity himself.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.