Illustrated Tapes 024

Curated by Harry Irons

Made to be played front →  back.
Harry is a designer and illustrator based in Bristol and Buckinghamshire, UK, and art director of ALT.

Hey Harry! Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

The tape I’ve made is a mix of songs centred around the word ‘home’. I’m quite a homesick person so my initial idea was to put together a bunch of songs that remind me of that, but they’re mainly tied to what I favoured most growing up. I’d consider it a playlist for a car journey, but one I’d avoid if you need something to work to.

How did you go about the artwork?

Near the end of my garden I have this old telegraph pole, probably from the 40s/50s, and it’s one of the first things I notice when I wake up. Growing up, we moved house quite a few times so I wanted to find the best way to communicate that without opting for the obvious image of a house.

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

I’ve always loved anything that Hipgnosis did, as cliché as that is; their work always intrigued, and more often than not it’s filled with subliminal messages.

Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
1970, Harvest
Design: Hipgnosis

I love the photograph used on Trouble Will Find Me by The National, I think it’s weird and lovely and kind of gloomy, a bit like them.

Miles Davis & Quincy Jones - Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux
1993, Warner Bros.
Photography: Annie Leibowitz

Hum - You’d Prefer an Astronaut
1995, Twelve Inch / Cargo
Design: OHIOGIRLCO / Andy Mueller

Soundgarden - Louder Than Love
1989, A&M
Design: Art Chantry
Photography: Charles Peterson

What did you listen to growing up?

When I was really young, my Dad literally glued me in front of Kerrang TV, so I was raised on bands like Linkin Park, Staind and Limp Bizkit. My Mum on the other hand was into George Michael and Queen.

My parents used to play this one mixtape on every car journey and never got sick of it, and quite a few of those songs feature in the playlist - namely Champagne Supernova by Oasis and Perfect Day by Lou Reed.  

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

Currently I work as a freelance graphic designer, but i’m committed also to working on my brother and I’s project, ALT. - an online and print mag aimed at recognising art within music, and exploring the connection between the two. 

Where to find Harry:

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