🎵 IT005: A Trip Out
✏️ Taaryn Brench
🗓 25.04.18

Mixcloud / Spotify

Taaryn is an illustrator and designer based in Leeds, UK.

Hi Taaryn, Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

Hi Sam! My tape’s all about being the soundtrack to going for a walk and it features the likes of Lou Reed, Scott Walker, George Harrison and Kate Bush. Being chained to your desk all day isn’t so great, and when I get a bit worked up or I’m suffering from creative block, a brisk walk usually clears out the cobwebs of my mind and settles me back down. The tape starts out pretty chill with a bit of Jens Lekman to gently ease you into it before reaching a gradual crescendo to pep you up!

How did you go about the artwork for the tape?

I started out with a a few thumbnail sketches. And then filled loads of sheets of paper with expressive brush strokes and paper cuts. I then scanned them in and tidied them up in Photoshop and arranged my best marks into this composition.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

Ok don’t judge me for this one because I really don’t like the band!! But Sanna Annukka did some amazing artwork for Keane’s Under the Iron Sea.

Under The Iron Sea – Keane
2006, Island
Artwork: Sanna Annukka

The Decline Of British Sea Power – Sea Power
2003, Rough Trade

Open Season – Sea Power
2005, Rough Trade
Artwork: Jeff Teader, The Outying Station

What did you listen to growing up?

Oh man, 2004/2005 was so good for music when I was a teenager! I was really into Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, The Long Blondes, Forward Russia, British Sea Power, The Futureheads…I grew up near Leeds and the local music scene at that time just exploded with loads of amazing bands. I made a load of good pals through going to gigs several times a week and it was so cheap! You could see a line up of decent bands for under 8 quid!

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

I am now making ceramics and I am really enjoying it. I have also started using my animations to perform live visuals in gigs.

Where to find Marja:

︎ taaryn.com
︎ taaryn_b
︎ @taaryn_b


Jens Lekman - And I Remember Every Kiss / Lou Reed - Walk On the Wild Side / Jon Brion - Phone Call / Scott Walker - Copenhagen / Scott Fagan - In My Head / George Harrison - My Sweet Lord / Ennio Morricone - Sospetti e tenerezze / Kraftwerk - Computer Love / The Fall - Paintwork - Remastered / British Sea Power - Something Wicked / Talking Heads - (Nothing But) Flowers / Kate Bush - Suspended In Gaffa / Lemon Jelly - The Staunton Lick / Girl Ray - Trouble / Alessi Brothers - Seabird / Roxy Music - Avalon / Bobby Short - I Happen to Like New York (From the New Yorkers) [Live @ the Carlyle] ︎