Jonathan has recently designed this limited edition letterpress packaging for Above As Below, the latest album from the band Cult With No Name. Unlike contemporary letterpress which uses an etched plate, this project was printed using a traditional letterpress technique. Fonts that are held by the printers are specified in size and position, then proofs are corrected for spacing. The technique is both restrictive and time-consuming but produces a lovely tactile finish that can not be achieved if designed on a computer and printed using conventional lithography.
We particularly like the back cover, which showcases the unique mix of letterpress typefaces on uncoated, textured paper.
The album is described as follows:
Above as Below showcases the duo at their lightest, darkest, most melodic, sardonic, nonchalant, bon vivant, serious and humorous. 14 tracks that span everything from pure synth-pop (What’s Certain), to sweeping piano-led chanson (Maitre D-Day), swirling trip-hop (Hope is Existence), Black-American spitituals (Shake Hands with the Devil), and stark spoken word (Losing my Elan). Lyrical perspectives include everything from the frustration of life as a P.A. to an African dictator (Idi’s Admin), to holocaust revisionism (Numbers).
The album had been issued by Trakwerx in a limited edition of 500. It is available to preview on the CWNN soundcloud and to available buy from the CWNN shop. Printing by Aardvark Letterpress, Los Angeles.