The Sleeper

(art direction/design/illustration)

I was approached by the British pop band The Leisure Society to design their "Sleeper" album, which was just about to be launched, as it turned out, to considerable critical acclaim and airtime on BBC Radio. The boys cited various mid-twentieth century references, including Albert Camus and Saul Bass's work for Hitchcock. 

The songs seem to have a thread of disappointment and abandonment running through them; I found myself looking at lots of pictures of derelict 20th century buildings, and the idea started to take shape. I tried to capture the mainly-melancholy-but-a-little-bit-hopeful mood of their music with tiny touches of warm pink, dwarfed by huge chilly blue settings.