Kirk Johnson   

visual design                  


Nashville hometown heroes William Tyler and Luke Schneider enlisted me to help art direct  their first release on LA ‘all genre’ imprint Leaving Records. As a long-time fan of William’s work I immediately jumped at the opportunity. 

Understand was inspired by a Ted Chiang short story of the same name and was recorded during one long take in a Nashville studio during early COVID lockdown. The EP is an exploration of krautrock and ambient arrangements using electric & acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo, bass, and synthesizer. 

I wanted the art direction to evoke some of the melancholy and longing of the record in a way that felt authentic and removed from the time and place we were all stuck in early 2020. 

art direction / packaging / layout

Many thanks to William, Luke, Matthewdavid and Leaving Records
Special Edition hand marbling by Matthewdavid McQueen
Buy the tape ︎ Here
Featured on Bandcamp’s ‘Best Ambient July 2021’ ︎ Bandcamp