CD jewel case design
On the way to the design of Kristian Borring‘s latest release on the Jellymould Jazz label, I went on a visual journey between the UK and Northern Europe, playing with regional weather phenomenons – in particular the awe inspiring northern lights, silent sun winds, that dance across the illuminated skies near the polar circle.
But “Silent Storm” is also an intrinsically personal album, dedicated to Kristian’s youngest son, and delivered – though not conceived – at times of the British people’s decision to leave the European Union. We quickly realised that we have to add more than just his music to the album and eventually decided to use one of his own photographies. Focussing on the extended and enhanced sky, dramatising the scenery of lighthouse and his young son with a pinch of Caspar-David-Friedrich-esque landscape metaphors of longing and openness, without the nihilistic hopelessness.
Kristian is a fellow Remainer and passionate European. Like me, the negative result of the referendum has hit him hard. Like me he was unable to vote in the referendum that split our chosen country and saw insecurity, populism and hate rise seemingly overnight.
It’s with this notion that I am listening to the album now that it is released — glad that Kristian’s elegant playfulness is intercepted with the occasional outburst of dark passion, and is not so silent after all.