World-famous folk band Lau have cover art featured in this year’s RBSA Open All Media exhibition.
Martin D Hyde is the album artist for their much-lauded album Midnight and Closedown. His artwork ‘Ark’ – from the rear cover – was recently selected for the Open.
Midnight and Closedown has been receiving five star reviews. The album was produced by John Parish of PJ Harvey fame, and beautifully fuses folk with contemporary electronica.
A Folk Radio review states:
Lau wrote and recorded ‘Midnight and Closedown’ before presenting it, in its entirety, to live audiences in November and December last year. The album takes its title from a line in Seamus Heaney’s ‘Glanmore Sonnets’ and has been described variously as a Brexit album, more akin to late-period Beatles than folk, and even as a hint at a final fling.
The album features the following paintings by Martin – ‘Trickle Down Economics’, ‘Ark’, ‘Shadow Caster’, ‘Disintegration’, ‘The Optimist’, and ‘My Body is a Cage’. He was also responsible for the design duties for the release.
Since their 2007 debut, Lightweights and Gentlemen, Lau have progressively erased not only the boundaries of folk music, but of music in general. In doing so they’ve been declared Best Band at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards on four occasions, they’ve mesmerised audiences with exceptional live performances, collaborated on a wealth of fascinating projects and annually curate Lau-Land, a project dedicated to innovation and collaboration through performances and workshops. Each release has seen a progressively experimental approach to their music…
This is the second release Martin has collaborated on with LAU – the first being their Decade album in 2017.
‘Ark’ from the rear cover of Midnight and Closedown can be seen along with hundreds of other exciting contemporary artworks across a range of media at the current Open All Media show.