Illustrated Tapes 064: Instant Good Vibes

Curated by Molly Saunders
27.05.20

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Sequenced playlist, made to be played in order.

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Molly is an illustrator known for her sketchbooks and bright colours, based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK.

Hi Molly! Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

The theme of my tape is all about grooving and moving, and all round having a fun time! It is a collection of songs that just blast good vibes. They are perfect for boosting your mood, or slapping on the speaker to get a party properly started! Although in these current pandemic times, parties are a faint memory, but there's nothing stopping you dancing at home by yourself or Zooming your friends and blasting this over the speakers to have a boogie together and take a break from the stress of life!

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

My cover art is based on an image taken of my friends and I at a house party I hosted last summer to celebrate the end of university. It was such a fun time, and we definitely boogied to quite a few of the songs on the tape! I love capturing these memories and happy moments with friends, especially now more than ever.

My process for this piece was completely new to me, as it was painted entirely on an iPad! My usual weapons of choice are masses of mixed media on a sketchbook page, but I still follow the general process of splodging a good amount of colour on a page and using ink/pencil all over the top to add all the details.

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

Odessey And Oracle – The Zombies
1968, CBS
Artwork: Terry Quirk


In college, I became friends with some cool kids and they took me to this record shop in Leicester called Rockaboom. I saw this record cover and instantly fell in love! The sleeve is just so wonderful (spelling mistake and all!) There are some quite good songs on here too, check out “Time of the Season”, and “Hung Up On a Dream”.

Since that day at Rockaboom, I’ve been collecting records, partly for the music, but partly for the 12” piece of art work you get with it! Some other favourites are:


Ram – Paul & Linda McCartney
1971, Apple Records
Illustrations: Paul McCartney
Photography: Linda McCartney


Collage and felt-tip galore! This album feels much like the cover: handmade and a little weird, but ever so lovely. Check out Uncle “Albert/Admiral Halsey” and “Too Many People”.


Face to Face – The Kinks
1966, Pye Records


A beautiful inky-psychedelic cover! The albums jam packed with songs telling wonderful little stories, which The Kinks are very good at. Check out “Too Much On My Mind”, and “Party Line”.


Can’t Buy A Thrill – Steely Dan
1972, ABC Records
Artwork: Robert Lockart


This album cover is so silly, but I just adore the big lips and crazy lettering! This album is one of my all time favourites. Check out “Do It Again” and “Only A Fool Would Say That”.


What did you listen to growing up?

I listened to a lot of older music as I kid, which has definitely shaped my musical taste these days for sure. I have my parents to thank for their wonderful collection of music! The CDs I would always grab from their shelves were: Blockbuster by Sweet, Slade’s Greatest Hits, The Full Metal Jacket OST, and Now That’s What I Call the 80s.

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

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of northern soul on my walk to and from work, but I also still can’t get enough of Thundercat’s It Is What It Is.

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

My creative world right now is just me trudging along and surviving this lockdown, which I think is probably the same for a lot of people, but I’m still working on my sketchbooks and now playing in the digital world of art too.

Where can we find you?

You can find me on Instagram @moll.saunders!

Thanks Molly.

Mark