Thursday, 5:52pm
11 August 2011

Escher meets Isotype?

Danae Diaz and Patricia Luna animate Brandt Brauer Frick

Writing about ‘organic techno’ trio Brandt Brauer Frick for the Guardian last week, Eye editor John L. Walters discussed the illustration and animation designed to accompany their music.

‘French title Musique Impures called their music “L’electro sans electro” – a phrase that evokes the Escher-like undulations and false perspective of their hypnotic tracks. The monochrome album cover, by illustrator Danae Diaz, who is also Frick’s girlfriend, shows identical office workers on the daily commute – like shirted Isotype figures with hats and briefcases. The video for “Caffeine”, by Diaz and filmmaker Patricia Luna, shows the same figures in a perpetual motion machine of urban life.’

Top: Album artwork. Illustration by Danae Dia

Below: Video for ‘Caffeine’. By Danae Diaz and Patricia Luna.

Below: Album artwork, details. Illustration by Danae Diaz.

Brandt Brauer Frick album inner 2

Brandt Brauer Frick album inner 3

Brandt Brauer Frick album inner

You can hear ‘Caffeine’ by Brandt Brauer Frick on their album You Make Me Real (!K7), inside cover below.

Brandt Brauer Frick sleeve open

Mr Machine, by the ten-piece Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, comes out in October 2011, also on !K7.

John Walters’ Guardian feature, headlined ‘Brandt Brauer Frick say you can get (slightly) jiggy with it’, now includes a live, acoustic version of James Braun’s ‘606 n Rock n roll’performed in the Guardian’s Kings Place studio by the full BBF Ensemble. (You can hear Braun’s original tune on Soundcloud.)

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