Illustrated Tapes 114: music for working insects

Curated by Philippe Shewchenko
13.06.21

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Philippe is an illustrator and artist currently based in Montréal, Canada.

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Hi Philippe. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

For this summer, I wanted to celebrate the hard-working insects. All songs are instrumental to create a narrative around the theme. Each song represents an insect in the artwork.

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

I was inspired by encyclopedia illustrations. I drew different kinds of little insect-creature as if I was documenting them. All of those little creatures came from my sketchbook.

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

Anna Meredith – Varmints: the simple illustration represents so much for me the fun factor of the record. So colorful and minimalist.

Varmints – Anna Meredith
2016, Moshi Moshi Records
Artwork: Eleanor Meredith

Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was The Golden Age: this is one of my favorite ambient records. I discovered this album because of the artwork and the title. I don’t know how to explain the abstract design, but it really sets the vibe of this moody ambient record.

Tomorrow Was The Golden Age – Bing & Ruth
2014, Rvng Intl.
Artwork: WWFG

I need to share my favorite nostalgic record is Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays' album As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls. My father always played that record for rainy days.

As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls – Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
1981, ECM Records
Design: Barbara Wojirsch
Photography: Klaus Frahm

What did you listen to growing up?

Peter Gabriel, Tangerine Dreams, The Art of Noise and some other records from my father. I think those artists are a huge influence in the way I think in terms of aesthetic and feelings.

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

I have been really listening a lot to Anna Meredith's discography. I love the energy in her music. Also, I started to watch the Twin Peaks series. I really love the moody and jazzy soundtrack. 

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

I am currently studying film animation at Concordia Montreal. I just finished a short animation called “Avant les soleils dorments”. Also, I am working on a children book project for next year.   

Where can we find you?

You can find me on Twitter: @pshewchenko
And on Instagram:@philippeshewchenko
I am always up to talk and share new stuff :)

Thanks, Philippe!