Leonard Cohen

Complete graphic design concept for the very last Leonard Cohen album;
Thanks For The Dance. Release Nov 22. More soon!

Service

art direction

& album design

Client

Adam Cohen

& Sony Music Canada

Year

2019

It is with great honor, pride and excitement I finally get to reveal what’s been keeping me busy this last period of time.

 

Earlier this spring I was approached by Adam Cohen, son of Leonard Cohen. He carefully explained to me that he was in the process of creating the very last Leonard Cohen album, consisting of a collection of previously unheard material from the iconic Canadian singer. He further explained that he’d been exposed to some of the work I created through VISLA, and asked whether I would like to contribute to the project. As one can understand, I did not think twice before accepting.

 

During these last few months I have been working on the complete graphic design concept for the last Leonard Cohen album; Thanks For The Dance. The main focus has been to carefully bring some of Leonards very personal sketches and illustrations back to life, using them throughout the design.

Leonard Cohen died past in November 2016, aged 82. Seven months after his death, Adam Cohen began working on left over sketches and material alone in a garage near his father’s old house, later inviting other contributors to be part of the process. The final piece includes Javier Mas, the Spanish laúd player who formed part of Cohen’s band for his last eight years of touring, and indie music stars including Beck, Bryce Dessner of the National, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, Damien Rice and Leslie Feist.

 

With the release of the first single; The Goal, you’ll be able to get a first glimpse of the graphic design direction.

 

The record will arrive on November 22, and I will by then be able to share even more insights and stories about this very special project. Please stay in tune and thank you for following VISLA.

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