Illustrated Tapes 149: Nocturnal Nights

Curated by Hannah Jacobs

Hannah is an animation director and illustrator based in London, UK.

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

Hello! This is for all the night owls out there… I often end up working late at my desk or find it hard to sleep until the wee hours of the morning, my brain rattling around with anxious thoughts or tomorrow’s tasks. There is nothing more reassuring than popping some headphones on and tuning into some soothing tunes to ease that brain and keep you company on those late night work stints.

In those moments music can make me feel less alone and worried, transporting me somewhere else entirely or simply keeping me company as I work on that final drawing. I would love for my mixtape to do that for someone else out there too.

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

Of course my cover art was created at night, in order to channel the nocturnal vibes. My aim with my design was to try and capture the feeling of being carried away into new environments and spaces with music, even when you’re just sat at your desk working. I wanted it to feel calming and peaceful to reflect the tone of some of the tracks.

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

I think I’ve always been drawn to music videos over artwork, and working in animation I get to watch lots of great music videos. I remember when I was younger watching this show called 120 Minutes that was on at 1am on a Friday night on MTV and used to show lots of unusual music videos mostly for indie/rock bands. I remember a video for The Rapture’s ‘House of Jealous Lovers’ which was made of lots of cut out collage elements and Foo Fighters’ ‘Everlong’, directed by Michel Gondry, lots of very cool visuals in there!

‘House of Jealous Lovers’ [music video] - The Rapture
2002, DFA / Output
Dir: Shynola

‘Everlong’ [music video] - Foo Fighters
2002, DFA / Output
Dir: Michel Gondry

Album artwork wise I was always drawn to the more DIY illustrative covers. Daniel Johnston, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Courtney Barnett, rather than classics.

Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album – Daniel Johnston
1983, Self-released
Artwork: Daniel Johnston

Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett
2015, Marathon Artists / House Anxiety
Artwork: Courtney Barnett

What did you listen to growing up?

When I was really young I used to listen to whatever my older sister was listening to - R.E.M., The Levellers and Lamb. I was embracing the emo vibes from a very young age clearly! Obviously ‘Now’ albums on double cassette were up there too.

And then in my late teens/early 20s I listened to a lot of indie and indie/rock with a bunch of electro pop thrown in. I also loved The Smiths and The Cure (very original I know). Indie bands were just massive at that time, The Strokes, The Libertines etc. I loved a bit of Yeah Yeah Yeahs too!

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

Hmmm, I seem to be on a real soul tip at the moment.

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

I have just released a short film in collaboration with the BFI, which is all about relearning to listen to yourself and trusting your instincts. It’s been a year in the making with partner in crime, friend and writter Harriet Gillian. So that feels exciting to have that out in world now! 

And I am just working on some commercial illustration jobs at the moment, January is always a bit of a slow month of getting the creative cogs turning again!

Where can we find you?
Instagram: @hannahjacobs_animates
Twitter: @hello_hannah_J

Thanks Hannah 👋🏽