The Bay Area/Seattle band Indian Valley Line asked us to create custom, hand-made cover art for their limited edition debut album release. We happily took up the cause, being big fans of the band and their music. (Click through for more…)
After several design concepts, we settled on a graphic of three suitcases. To our ears, the band’s music is beautiful, honest, transient, simple, sweet and almost anachronistic. We felt the image of vintage suitcases complemented and represented the sound nicely—especially considering the band described the inspiration for their name as “an imaginary railroad ‘at the end of the rainbow,’ on which you could always find a good job and ideal working conditions.”
We chose to use a recycled CD case and, using Japan’s Print Gocco, screen printed the original artwork onto kraft labels that were then applied to the cases. We also used some found photos, slides and other objects, along with bandmember Ryan Lynch’s handwritten liner notes, to design an insert for the album. All in all, we felt it was a handsome package for some incredible music.