Album cover for Mars Volta's 'Frances the Mute' created in Bedfordshire, UK in 2004 by Storm Thorgerson. Storm Thorgerson recalled, "What is there to say about The Mars Volta? An extra ordinary coupling: exotic, extravagant, improvising, unrestrained but as tight as a drum when they need to be - a heady mix of styles woven together at a frenetic pace but interspersed with unexpected longeurs. spun around a story for a film never made for which this, their record, is the soundtrack. One of the aspects of the story was addiction and although it had specific references it also had universal connotations, one of which interested me greatly, namely the idea that the addicted party thinks he’s alright and is in control, knows where he’s headed even though still addicted and therefore probably doesn’t have a fucking clue. I imagined car drivers navigating their way through town i.e., through life, thinking they are steering a safe path but in fact having no idea where they are going, i.e., drivers wearing custom hoods - not hoods to hide their identity but nicely made velvet accessories that simply and surreally prevent them from seeing or having any idea of where they were driving. Since this is a general malaise and not a one-off event, all the drivers in town are similarly hooded and in our picture they can be seen passing each other as if in normal traffic, blithely unaware it would seem of impending collisions. No secret society here, no evil to be prosecuted. but inhabitants in a world of velvet delusion. What you see is what you get, although the hooded drivers can’t see what they’re getting. Soiled suits and old American cars added a slight retro feeling in an attempt to be timeless as per the perils of addiction be it to gambling or to causes or even to nicotine...and so say all of us."
The remaining prints in this edition come complete with a certified 'Storm Thorgerson Estate' stamp.
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