The Cat Empire are proud to unveil the artwork for their fifth studio album, ‘Steal The Light’, conceived and created by award-winning Australian author and illustrator, Graeme Base.
The news comes as The Cat Empire’s current single, “Brighter Than Gold”, continues to conquer radiowaves across the globe. As well as ranking among Triple J’s most played tracks for a fourth consecutive week, the song shot to #17 in the iTunes Holland singles chart after it was named last week’s “Megahit” on the country’s national leading radio station, 3FM - getting over 50 spins in a week to an audience of over eleven million people!
Famed for his children’s books – including classics ‘Animalia’ (1986), ‘The Eleventh Hour’ (1989) and ‘The Waterhole’ (2011) – Base has international sales in the vicinity of six million copies.
The artwork was unveiled to fans as ‘Steal The Light’ became available for pre-order:
iTunes (DIG): https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/steal-the-light/id625048248
JB Hi-Fi (CD: ) http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/music/pop-rock/steal-the-light-signed-copy-bonus-mp3-online-comp/681239
Planet Of Sound (CD/DIG): http://www.planetofsound.com/physicaldetails/637/1.1/all/Search%20by/the%20cat%20empire
On the conception of the artwork, Base reminisces: “When I was studying Graphic Design as a kid I was just as passionate about music as art and always hoped I'd either be a full time musician or get a job designing record covers. But then I started doing children’s s books - one called 'Animalia' went gangbusters - and life just rolled off in another direction. But last year the call finally came.”
The collaboration between Base and The Cat Empire came about after a band discussion on art direction. They agreed they wanted something jungle inspired, with lots of texture and colour. Harry (vox/trumpet) suggested Graeme Bases book Animalia as a visual reference, which led to the band saying "why don’t we just call him up and see if he will do it?". After a quick Google search and an e-mail exchange, it turned out Graeme and his family were St Kilda locals and huge fans of the band.
“I sat down in the studio with the guys from The Cat Empire and listened to some tracks. We spoke about jungles and ancient civilizations and Impossibly Impractical Instruments ... and I tried to keep the grin off my face.”
After much coercing from Graeme, the band agreed to lift the 12 year ban on using Cat references, and Graeme ran with it, bringing felines into every aspect of the art.
“The piece shows a band of cats emerging from a lush Mayan Jungle heavily decked out in elaborate Aztec/Inca/Mayan-inspired outfits. Initially we take them for warriors - they look pretty fearsome - but closer inspection shows them to be carrying fantastical, weirdly-shaped musical instruments: they're off to a gig!”
"Brighter Than Gold" is available for purchase on iTunes.
New album, 'Steal The Light', is out 17th May on Two Shoes Records / Inertia.