Illustrated Tapes 057: I Woke Up And It Was All A Dream

Curated by Lee Glanville
12.03.20

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Sequenced playlist, made to be played in order.

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Lee is an illustrator based in Cardiff, UK.

What’s up Lee. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

Hi! I’ve always been obsessed with dreams and dream logic, how everything isn’t always quite what it seems while you’re dreaming and it’s only once you wake up when you think “what the hell was that!?” That’s the feeling I wanted to explore in my mixtape.

So the idea is that it follows the process of falling asleep, sleeping, dreaming, then that dream becoming a nightmare and the dreamer abruptly waking up. I only ever seem to remember my dreams when I wake up from a nightmare so this seemed appropriate!

It starts off dreamy and is nice for a while, but very gradually something feels off, the mood slowly changes, then it’s only right towards the end you realise you’re not sure how you ended up with this unsettling feeling and the last few tracks are like having to face whatever manifestation of anxiety your brain throws at you.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

I knew I wanted to get a ladder or stairs in there somewhere, I like the idea of going down a ladder as perhaps going further into a deep sleep, and it being a kind of bridge between spaces.

Once I’d thought of that I just kept drawing ideas until I stumbled across something I liked.

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

Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase
2005, Warp Records
Artwork: Boards Of Canada, Natasha Morton


I always loved this Boards of Canada album cover. It has a hazy, distant memory feeling to it which perfectly suits their music.


Chad VanGaalen– “Molten Light”
2008, Sub Pop
Animation/art dir: Chad VanGaalen


Also Chad VanGaalen’s music videos are beautifully surreal. His songs are often these melancholy, strange stories, almost like folk tales sung to you around a campfire, and his animation really brings them to life.

What did you listen to growing up?

I was into bands like Korn, Slipknot, QOTSA etc during secondary school, then a friend lent me a copy of Aphex Twin’s Come To Daddy e.p. and I became completely obsessed with electronic music. Basically anything Warp Records was putting out like Autechre, Boards of Canada, Squarepusher. It all seemed totally alien compared to anything else you’d hear in an everyday context.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

A few albums I came across last year I still play a lot:

Abyss – Chelsea Wolfe
Choose Your Weapon – Hiatus Kaiyote
Vera – Crooked Colours.

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

Various odd bits of drawing and animation over on instagram.

Where can we find you?

︎ @leeglanvilleillustration

Cheers Lee.

Mark