On a yellow orange surface sits a white ipad next to a pair of large over the ear headphones. The ipad has the Spotify app open and is playing the song Let Me Sink Forever off of the Cold Necklace's album Passage.
The witch house musician Cold Necklace asked me to create a cover for their new single Passage. They initially sent over a short clip of the titular song and some general ideas for the type of feelings they wanted to communicate. The suggestions were pretty open as they were mostly interested in how I would interpret the piece.

This project started with dedicated focused listening, mostly to the segment of the song, but also to the rest of their catalog. I was already familiar with their music but wanted to immerse myself in it to create something that captured this piece as well as fit in with their overall body of work.
A rectangular image split down the middle with a golden bar to create two squares. On the left is a header that reads "Sketches" sitting on top a photo of a sketchbook page filled with thumbnail sketches of potential album cover designs. On the right is a photograph of a spooky dark hallway that is so long you cannot see the end and there are large lanturns lighting the way on both walls.
A rectangular image that is split in half using a gold bar. On the left is the cover art for the Cold Necklace album Passage. Which is a collage. The collage is dark and shows a young girl holding a latern while walking through a rocky cave. The lantern emits a large circle of light that is in gold foil and spreads above the floor of the cave. The artist's name and album title are at the top of the image with the name on the left and the album title on the right. On the right side of the rectangle is a crop of an etching of Lucifer falling into hell.
Passage has an energetic, deep driving melody with higher twinkling notes throughout. This expresses the feeling of movement or being on a difficult journey, but enduring and defeating each challenge. The higher notes help to create a sense of hopefulness and positivity. Things are trying at the moment, but there is a glittering light guiding the protagonist through this journey. This is amplified by the frequent use of the sample of a person saying, "I can only hope." Most importantly, there is an otherworldly feel to it, which I wanted to make sure to capture.
A rectangular image split in half using a gold bar which creates two squares. On the left side of the image is a top down view of a large pile of dark rocks. On the right is a mock up of a cellphone that has the Spotify app open and is playing the titular song from the album.
After much brainstorming and sketching the idea became clear and I decided the most suited solution was to create a digital collage. This meant spending time sifting through public domain archives. Most importantly, it needed to look like a collage and not a smooth photo manipulation. I wanted it to be pointy, a bit surreal, and intriguing. It took some time to find the right parts, especially the Rückenfigur, but digging around through old photos is always a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
A mock up featuring the cover art for the Cold Necklace album Passage. Which is a collage. The collage is dark and shows a young girl holding a latern while walking through a rocky cave. The lantern emits a large circle of light that is in gold foil and spreads above the floor of the cave. The artist's name and album title are at the top of the image with the name on the left and the album title on the right. The record is peeking out of the sleeve and the sleeve itself is distressed and has some old faded price stickers on it.
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