Upon the release of their 2008, self-titled debut, the band was lumped in as a Johnny-come-lately to the nu-rave scene that never really was. They seem to have surpassed that distinction with this year's Pala, an album that, in just a few months, has already surpassed the band's first release in sales. But the aim is essentially the same, updating a retro vision of the future with a modern nu-disco feel. Good thing, too. It's a fun sound.
Fittingly, the poster promoting the band's stop at the Granada Theater next week hits on much of the same touchstones that seem to influence the band's music.
Designed by Californian poster artist Jason Malmberg, who had previously worked with the Granada on a poster for this past spring's Cut Copy and Foals show, this effort is nothing short of eye-catching, with its bold warm-color palette and faded imagery.
Explains Malmberg of his design strategy this time around: "I went back and forth to the well on this one before eventually settling on something in the vein of slightly creepy pulp sci-fi. The only constant this entire process was the feathers as I try to include a wink to the band's imagery and that's very much a part of the aesthetic on this new record. The textures and weightless, gasping, floating feel of the piece are nods to a weird animated french movie I used to watch as a kid called Fantastic Planet that kept popping into my head as a good fit for the icy sounds of a lot of the stuff on Pala."
Job well done, we say. And right in line with the faded aspect of much of Malmberg's other work, which you can peep here.
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