From Consouling Sounds camp.
We are delighted to present the cover artwork for the new Syndrome album “Forever and a Day”.
2012’s “Now and Forever” was a dialogue between a father and his son. As the title of the new album suggests, the bloodline is continued on “Forever and a Day”, with a dialogue between a son and his father.
The cover art depicts a sculpture made by Syndrome’s sole member Mathieu Vandekerckhove’s ((Amenra,Kingdom,SemblerDeah,Caan,C-O-R)- father. The sculpture was made around the time Vandekerckhove was born, and it was prominently on display in the family’s living room.
It literally was a center piece in the young and adolescent life of Vandekerckhove, with him growing up in constant proximity of the sculpture. Now in his adult life, the sculpture becomes the center piece of his musical development.
The bronze sculpture not only resonates with Vandekerckhove’s past, present, and future; it also perfectly connects with the musical story he tries to convey: the work of art has no limbs, but only a torso and a head with no eyes. Despite it being a motionless entity, it emanates a lot of force. However, that force is caged in the prison of its own body. It knows no freedom, there’s a constant notion of absence, a dark and brooding void; sorrow, bereavement and grief.
It’s adamantly clear that to Vandekerckhove the image is much more than a decorative ornament; it depicts his coming of age — both musically, but also on a deeply personal level, confirming the journey we’re invited to partake in come September will be a spiritually profound one.
Sculpture by Carlos Vandekerckhove
Sculpture photography by Jens Vranckx
Lay-out and design by Dehn Sora
Album out in September on Consouling Sounds (CD/LP) and Tartarus Records (cassette).