Leif Podhajský
New Psychedelia

The first monograph of the celebrated mind-altering artist and album cover designer

  • Funding ended
  • 587 backers
  • £30,033.82 of £25,000.00 pledged
Funded 120%
  • Funding ended
  • 587 backers
  • £30,033.82 of £25,000.00 pledged
Funded 120%

About
From the liquid light shows and magic mushrooms of the 1960s to the techno raves and micro-dosing of today, psychedelic counterculture is repeating itself. Catalyzed by international climate protests, a sense of unity in collective political disillusionment and a strong focus on the individual, a new, digitally supercharged visual language is emerging.

Over the past decade, Leif Podhajský’s kaleidoscopic artwork has carved out a unique space for the resurgence of psychedelia, reinvented for contemporary culture through the exploration of the relationship between the organic and the digital. By highlighting the act of human perception and the fragility of the physical world as it appears to us in our imaginations, Podhajský’s work speaks to a new generation of curious minds.

Best known for his striking, Grammy-nominated album covers for the likes of Foals, Bonobo, Lykke Li and Young Magic, Podhajský deftly crosses the boundary between sound and the visual. The reverberating, ethereal vocals of Tame Impala’s debut album Innerspeaker, for instance, are embodied in the visual space of Podhajský’s iconic, ever-retracting dreamscape cover. Synaesthesia, which manifests itself for Podhajský as the appearance of colours with sounds, plays a significant role. Music becomes a pebble dropped into a pool of colour inside the mind, causing ripples to spread and shades to surface.

 

Author
Leif Podhajský

Designer
Darren Wall

Editor
Evie Tarr

Specifications
Hardcover
270 x 215 mm
224 pages
Custom page edges
Printed in 5 colours

Rewards

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• Select one of 4 exclusive prints
• Signed 80 x 60 cm print
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Online Workshop

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The book

Leif Podhajský’s first monograph collates and curates his vivid artwork from the past decade. The book contains chapters on psychedelia, synaesthesia, digital and organic worlds and the influence of human perception upon nature – all beautifully illustrated with Podhajský’s artwork – alongside detailed presentations of his iconic album covers: Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker and Lonerism, Bonobo’s The North Borders and Foals’ Holy Fire, to name a few. Each profile contains exclusive insight into the creative processes, collaborations, early development sketches and insider anecdotes behind each cover.

A complete illustrated chronology of Podhajský’s works to date is included at the end of the book, along with a ‘visual playlist’, compiled and annotated by the artist himself.

Leif Podhajský has put together what is arguably the most unforgettable album cover portfolio of the last few years.

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Special edition

Volume will produce a collector’s edition of New Psychedelia, with an exclusive cover design featuring Podhajský’s artwork ‘Luminous Currents’, which takes its inspiration from the movement of water, depicting energy in a seamless and dynamic flow of colours. The book will be housed in a screenprinted slipcase covered in dyed-black textured paper with a debossed symbol of the artist’s own creation – and the collector’s interpretation. The symbol will be surrounded by a delicate haze of purple metallic ink.

The entire package is accompanied by an exclusive heavy-canvas tote bag, designed specially by the artist for the book and only available with this edition.

This limited edition is only available during the funding period: true fans of Podhajský’s immersive psychedelia will not want to miss out on this exceptional and covetable production.

Come dip your toes into the psychedelic stream of Leif Podhajský’s imagination for some striking abstractions of nature – mirrored vistas, engulfing waves, rippling, melting cosmic landscapes.

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Signed print

Choose from a selection of four striking artworks, Slippery, Flow State, Space and Neon Bloom, all sized at 80 x 60 cm, printed to the highest quality and delivered in artist’s poster tubes. Podhajský describes the inspiration behind each one:

Slippery: “I wanted to create a series of artworks that adapted a painterly approach but were created digitally. A transference between the digital and organic worlds. An abstract interaction of colours that felt painterly and alive.”

Flow State: “Mimicking microscopic organic worlds. I wanted to represent the flow between all life and energies.”

Space: “Interlocking circles merge and rearrange the light as they pass each other, creating fractures in time. An exploration of colour and shape.”

Neon Bloom: “Cybernetic blooms that glow and pulse in the night sky. I wanted to explore what plants might look like on alien planets, grown in darkness yet giving off a vibrant pulsing glow – like deep ocean animals that thrive in the darkness.”

 

 

 

The Berlin-based digital artist and creative director creates swirling galaxies of colour and marbled patterns that seem to float off into eternity… and there’s no one else making anything quite like it.

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Meet the author

Leif Podhajský is an Australian graphic designer, artist and art director, known for the distinctive album covers he has designed for some of the past decade’s biggest electronic, indie and psychedelic artists – Tame Impala, Bonobo, Foals, Of Monsters and Men, Mount Kimbie and London Grammar, to name a few. His striking style has also attracted leading brands, such as Nike and Ralph Lauren, and the likes of Sydney Opera House, where he has exhibited his ethereal video installations and designs as part of the Vivid Live festival since 2016. Podhajský grew up surrounded by the waterfalls and rainforests of Byron Bay and has since lived in Melbourne, London and, presently, Berlin.

Leif Podhajsky picks five treasured records from his collection

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We’re happy to report that New Psychedelia is now “passed for press” which in publishing terms means that the files are checked, colour-corrected and ready to print.

Whilst the book takes shape, we caught up with Leif to talk about some of his favourite record covers, and why they’re so special to him. He was quick to confess that it would be hard to choose just five, so this is just a selection of his extensive collection, but it’s not hard to see why each one appeals.

As a designer of numerous covers himself, for artists including Tame Impala and Foals, all of which appear in the book with detailed explanation of the processes and thinking behind them, we bet you’re as intrigued to see his top picks as we were:

 

Xen, by Arca, 2014. Cover artwork by Jesse Kanda.

“There’s something beautifully grotesque that I love about Kanda’s work. It seems to shimmer and gleam in a world of its own. It fits perfectly here with Arca’s masterful Xen LP.”

 

Through the Looking Glass, by Midori Takada, 1983. Cover artwork by Yoko Ochida.

“I’ve been a fan of both Takada’s music – who I was lucky enough to see at Café Otto in London years ago – and the visual art of Ochida who I featured on my blog, Visual Melt, for a long time. So the two together make for a magnificent record cover.”

 

Who Are You, by E Ruscha V, 2017. Cover artwork by Eddie Ruscha.

“I love this cover. I think it perfectly sums up the music inside; warm, dizzy and meandering synth pops. It looks like a bolt of fuzzed electricity piercing the air with its textured hum. It’s cool when the musician also creates the artwork as there’s a real sense of connection between the two.”

 

Trans-Millenia Music, by Pauline Anna Strom, 2017. Cover artwork by Karma Moffett.

“I love this album, and the artwork fits the cosmic and Space-related sounds really well. I think it also helps lift the dense mood into a more retrospective tone. I’d seen Karma Moffett’s work before and love that New Age ‘80s vibe it’s got going on. The whole vinyl is beautifully designed.”

 

The Velvet Underground & Nico, by The Velvet Underground and Nico, 1967. Cover artwork by Andy Warhol.

“An original pressing of The Velvet Underground & Nico with the sticker half peeled off! I just love this as it’s such an iconic cover.”

 

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