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Nightports, w/ Matthew Bourne

Art Direction · Identity · Music · Print · Typography

“Nightports is based on a simple but unbreakable rule of restriction: only sounds produced by the featured musician can be used. Nothing else. But these sounds can be transformed, distorted, translated, reworked, processed and reprocessed, stretched, cut, ordered and reordered.

This forces us to explore those sounds thoroughly and inventively. And it maintains our focus on celebrating what’s particular about that musician and the sound they make.”

– from Nightports’ manifesto

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Nightports’ identity and subsequent album artwork is created to reflect their unique process – their identity is created only from the original letters of their name, cut up and remade into a new and more abstracted form.

Through the textured, die cut sleeve can be seen the photography of regular collaborator Sara Teresa, her subtle, shallow field images taken in the hills around Matt’s home.

You can hear Nightports’ incredible release W/ Matthew Bourne – the first in a series of collaborative records for the The Leaf Label – in all the usual places here.