Illustrated Tapes 148: Loudmouth

Curated by Lou Holland

Lou is an illustrator and designer baed in Plymouth, UK.

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Heya Lou. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

I LUV GIRLS WHO R LOUD! This playlist is really just made for girls shouting their shit. I think a lot of people have always known me to be a bit of a gobshite but I am also an extremely fretful and anxious person so I think I am always drawn to people shouting and stomping about – there is something very freeing and cathartic about it.

I think I still struggle with where to put my own big loud stompy feelings – it's a very sticky thing to wash off the idea that you’re supposed to be a bit cute or pretty and not grubby or gobby. I think that's why I spent a lot of my adolescence really depressed (lol) when really I wasn't sad I was furious but I just had no idea what to do with that apart from turning it inwards. So listening to girls be loud and furiously ferociously expressive is really soothing. Its something I wish I could do more. :-)

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

I would love to tell you that I have a really smooth cohesive process but it really just involves scribbling a vague idea in my sketchbook and then a lot of pressing all the buttons on photoshop until I have something I like. I was doing a lot of purely digital/graphic design work a few months ago and I really missed making a mess. I like the tactility of paint and ink so recently I’ve been incorporating a lot of that into my digital work. I think it makes it a bit grimy and not too polished which is…. a bit of a theme throughout my work and also my life (this playlist too). I dont think im very good at making things look really slick I get bored too easily

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

Cut by The Slits is probably my favourite album cover ever. Fearless, topless and covered in mud! I love it! Bráulio Amado is also one of my fav artists so when he designed artwork for Amyl and The Sniffers I was pretty excited. Bold and kind of… gloriously ugly. Visually exciting and also slightly grotesque… I really enjoy it.

Cut – The Slits
1979, Island Records
Artwork: Bloomfield/Travis

Comfort To Me – Amyl and The Sniffers
2021, B2B Records
Artwork: Bráulio Amado

What did you listen to growing up?

I don't think I’ve ever been that cool of a music listener. I remember my parents listening to a lot of 80s music (they still do) and liking a lot of mopey 80s indie bands (I told you I was depressed). And a lot of pop I guess, I still like to listen to ABBA as like a ritual for my happiness. Some people meditate, I listen to ‘Chiquitita’ every day :-)

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

My february playlist so far contains a lot of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, The Avalanches and Mitski’s new album that came out a few days ago has been on pretty much non-stop since.

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

Still in a bit of a post-uni haze honestly, just taking this time to make weirder and weirder personal work, and having lots of fun.

Where can we find you?

Here are some of my links:

@louhelenart on Twitter and Instagram :-)

Cheers, Lou 👋🏽