In my home office/studio, a framed canvas print of Hardy's painting, Ocean of Space hangs above my Mac, and acts as a constant source of inspiration as well as being a portal to another dimension. As I was working on Back Into the Light, I found myself staring at the piece more and more – and I released that it simply had to be the album cover.
Although Back Into the Light is not a space-themed album, what I loved was the central glow in the almost animated looking galaxy, and how it reflects through the crashing waves in the foreground. The sea has often be a recurring theme in my music (see: Traces), and I think that's what drew me to this particular piece more than anything.
David A. Hardy of course provided the cover art to my original Into the Light album back in 2007, so this really makes a perfect follow-up, especially being of a similar palette. Although with that in mind, the music of the new album obviously has to live up to the expectations delivered by the cover!
For a limited time, Into the Light is available on Bandcamp as a 'name your price' release - which of course means you can grab it for free!
Stay tuned for further updates and music samples from Back Into the Light...
Back Into the Light will be released via Bandcamp in late September/early October.