A1: Gavin Turek – “Don’t Fight It”
A2: Oslo Parks – “The Night”
A3: Ole Hegle – “Wildlife”
A4: Ghost Lion (Formerly Kin Cayo) – “Our Ship”
A5: Scavenger Hunt – “Lost (Noah Hyde Remix)”
B1: Absofacto – “Dissolve”
B2: Cultfever – “Gloria”
B3: Sivik – “High”
B4: J. Laser – “Dreamphone”
B5: Tep No – “The Last Ones Standing”
Awarded Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators
The music of Familiar Mystery is pressed onto marbled yellow vinyl and housed in a classic tip-on style jacket. This style of record jacket design comes from the early era of vinyl, before printing directly on cardboard was possible. The printing is done on paper which is then hand-glued to the blank card stock, wrapping and overlapping the edges. This deluxe jacket construction technique is both timeless and incredibly sturdy: the perfect canvas for Familiar Mystery.
Keith Negley’s beautiful artwork begins on the front cover with an intricate collage depicting two figures in the negative space of multiple layers. The blue sky elements are varnished in a spot gloss UV to enhance their shine and give a smooth feel. The two figures continue their movements inside the jacket which reveals a full sized booklet mounted to the inside right panel. A total of 4 gatefold images span the interior of the jacket.
About the artist:
Keith’s work has appeared on book covers, children’s books, t-shirts, album covers, posters, skateboard decks, and watches, and he is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and New Yorker as well as many other national magazines and newspapers. He received his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2000, and his MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2013. Recent accolades include a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators, and a nomination for a 2016 Kate Greenaway Medal for his book Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) published by Flying Eye Books. Keith resides in the mountains of Bellingham Washington surrounded by giant spiders with his wife and 8-year-old hellspawn.
Music is a mysterious thing. It connects us in ways that few other things do. Ways that few other things can. Hearing a song we love can draw us closer to a person we love. Or a person we don’t love. Or a person that doesn’t know we exist but we just heard their amazing song and it struck a deep chord and now we are smitten. One person’s story is passed on through music to become our own story. Evolving through repeated listens in different places with different people.
Every great song brings us closer to something. But any movement towards one thing is inherently a movement away from another. It can be a fine line between holding on and letting go. And such is the tension of life. Slowly changing formation over time like sand dunes shifting in the wind.
Beloved new songs give way to beloved new people which give way to beloved daydreams. These songs once existed only in the minds of their creators. Through countless hours of toil they emerged fully formed, for a moment still unheard. And now they live full lives of their own, having already made their figurative stamp in my ears as well as literal stamp on all these records. Heated and cooled, over and over, melting vinyl pellets and shifting their shape.
Dive in and enjoy.