NEU! was the one of the first psychedelic rock bands. using machine made noises and effects into producing music for altered states...using textured sounds and vibrations with mild melodies and minimal lyrics.
Not necessarily drug music, but music best appreciated with drugs. Not just drugs but Psychedelic drugs, perhaps one of the coolest things in history to have influenced art and music, for the way in which it makes us experience our colourful, mysterious universe.
Music to entrance and look inwards, but not trance music. Music you get lost in, distinguishing the many layers of sound, yet is not invasive and does not battle for your attention.
..music for dreaming and flying through space, or getting lost in the endless oceans of fractal swirls
...innovative simple experimental music
I thought the original album covers simplicity let down the subtle complexity of the music NEU! were producing.
I wanted to illustrate the music as an endless hypnotic flow, engulfing yet gentle.
The buildings represent human consciousness desolate in the seas of time, only poking through the surface, forever lost in time and space.
The image was impulsive, and grew on its own, which i think was influenced by what i was listening to. For a while it was a desert, and I tried to colour it sandy shades,but it felt happier as an ocean, which express the ambient flow of some of the bands tracks better.
Anti Prohibition poster reflecting the cultural attitude towards cannabis use from the 50s to present day, in the form of fear mongering propaganda campaigns like "Reefer Madness" and "Devil's Harvest"
This is something i feel very strongly about, since i don't get why you can be labeled a criminal for using something that is essentially plant matter, and is proven to be far less dangerous and less addictive then the main legal drugs of choice.
The slogan at the bottom used to be 'The Most Dangerous Thing About CANNABIS is the LAW"
yet i decided to change it as i felt it didn't fit in the original concept, although the quote is very effective in its own right.