One cold December morning I headed over to Millbank Studios to capture the album cover the latest Malojian album entitled “Southlands”. Millbank is a hive for creativity and offered an amazing backdrop for the cover with little interference.
Described as a “Melodic & fresh while hinting at sounds of a bygone era, Malojian’s songs are dreamily intense, hewn from personal heartache and a sense of ravaged humanity evoking memories of the greats, from Gram Parsons and The Band through to Whiskeytown and Iron & Wine.” by Fra Jones, AU Magazine there is considerable anticipation for this latest release.
‘Southlands’ follows the successful debut album ‘The Deers Cry’ and this time Malojian has opted to pre-release the album through the popular pledge music system. You can read more about the campaign here.
The concept was simple we aimed to create a surreal image that was packed with detail. Our model for the day was the producer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Mormecha (Mojo Fury).
We shot over 100 different photographs experimenting with portraits, group shots and the surreal. In the end the final album cover for both CD and vinyl was captured with the X100T and processed in Lightroom. Interestingly we used the Creative Cloud sharing features to collaborate of the final choice of photos that worked really well and sped up the workflow tremendously. If you haven’t heard the work of Malojian it is well worth paying the Pledge page a visit.
“I love your music.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“beautiful” Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“achingly beautiful” Q Magazine
“I’m completely obsessed” Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)
“the North’s best songwriter over the last half decade” Hot Press Magazine