Amsterdam inspires. At Amsterdam Culture, we consider that a fact. And although we aim to focus on Amsterdammers, we can’t help but wanting to acknowledge creativity inspired by our city itself, too. Especially when it results in a beautiful song and great artwork!
Daughter released their debut album ‘If You Leave’, earlier this year. They wrote a beautiful track, named simply ‘Amsterdam’. What caught my eye this morning, was the artwork inspired by Daughter’s song ‘Amsterdam’. Just take a proper look.
Ed Fairburn designed this image especially for the aforementioned track ‘Amsterdam’. Fairburn “is a Welsh artist, based in Cardiff, whose ability to combine the geography of our facial features with the geography of the earth leads to a startling and compelling synthesis of the two”, says James McBride of IPaintMyMind. I couldn’t have said it any better.
Even though Fairburn thought it was a ‘strong idea’ to establish a link between the song and a map of Amsterdam, he felt it was quite a challenge: “Amsterdam has a very particular shape which was initially quite difficult to work with.”
Probably referring to our inner city canals aka grachtengordel, he continues: “All of the streets follow a pattern and everything fits together like a jigsaw puzzle – I don’t see that very often.” I’d say he’s done a brilliant job–I totally love it. If you love it, too: his piece of art is available on T-shirts. Unfortunately the image is printed on the front of both of men’s and women’s tee-shirts–why do ‘they’ keep doing that? People staring at your bosom? Seriously…–but a great shirt nonetheless.
So… Amsterdam inspired both the artist Fairburn and the band Daughter. Having bumped into the piece of art above, I naturally had to listen to the song, which ties it all together. Have a listen, yourself…
Daughter, ‘Amsterdam’, Festival No.6 in Portmeirion, North Wales
Daughter’s poet/singer Elena Tonra, guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella got mixed reviews for their album ‘If You Leave’; from “a sound instantly enchanting of design” and “wholly hypnotic”, to “atmospheric, but…calculatingly so, especially set against [Tonra's] overwrought poetry.” Listening to ‘Amsterdam’, I’d say I’m with the BBC on this one: wholly hypnotic for sure.
“Then I’ll go
I’ll go home
If you’d like to hear more; you can find a beautifully-done A/V room on Daughter’s site.
WHY Their song ‘Amsterdam’ is simply beautiful and inspired the creation an equally beautiful piece of art
WHY NOW It’s the
Give Gifts Holiday Season: Daughter’s album / Fairburn’s shirt make great gifts. Album: £9.00-ish. Shirts: £15.00
WHEN Until out of stock
WHAT Daughter‘s debut album ‘If You Leave‘, Fairburn‘s shirt based on their song ‘Amsterdam’
WHERE Live, they’re not any where near Amsterdam–try Singapore and Australia…
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