For the final day before the release, I would like to talk about the cover.
Here it is.
Instead of trying to sell you the album (the music samples should speak better than any sale pitch!), I have decided to let Phil speak about the cover and his involvement. This is a partial payback for his work: hopefully, you will be intrigued enough to go and take a look at his website… and who knows, hire him when you will need an artist/ graphic designer!
Q. How did you get involved in the project?
PHIL GWYNNE: I was asked by Peter Morris to design the cover of his upcoming album. I got in touch with Simon, and I was asked to keep certain features for the cover artwork such as the 3 sticks with the shadows, which had become associated with the project – along with the red border as a continuation of the previous rock album he had released.
Q. How did you make the cover happen?
PHIL: I first listened to Return of the Ulysses album extensively, getting a feel for the music to help influence the art. After a couple of days I had a design in mind. I started working on a blue watercolour background – again to help with the continuation of the previous album – which would make up the landscape. Later I added the border, the title, and added some finishing touches.
Q. How much does the final result reflect what people can expect to listen to in the album?
PHIL: I think the cover gives just a glimmer of what I feel the music does for anyone who listens to it – and that’s escapism: getting lost in the music. I can listen from start to finish and forget what I was doing in between. It’s hard not to get carried away with the music – but it’s so good when it happens.
Well, that’s all for today. Remember that you can still request your first pressing limited edition of the album, costing only 10 euros (plus shipping), writing to: