New Psychedelia
Leif Podhajský

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

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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 and 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.

Leif Podhajský

Grade Design

Evie Tarr

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

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.