Polyatomic – Terminal
Date: May, 2018
Album artwork and packaging is an important element in telling the whole story of an album. The challenge with Terminal as telling a story with songs written primarily on planes. With photographs from Polyatomic/Iain to punctuate the idea of travel, roughly traced silhouettes of the various airports where he traveled are set up as the destinations themselves, not the cities they are in. The idea of using the shapes of airports followed designing the cover. The photographs used are small because the terminals are the main destinations on this album.
The front cover is Pearson International Airport, also known as YYZ. You will also see Japanese text that says ターミナル, or the word “terminal” which is the title of this album. This was my idea that I pitched to Iain after doing some sketches and concluding that this was the best idea ever. You know who didn’t agree? A certain large scale online music store who caused no end of trouble because the text on the album cover isn’t the title. I’m not going to say which service caused this issue, but suffice it to say the Bandcamp version has an extra song as part of the FYI Edition.
And I am going to say this about PolyAtomic: his music is cinematic dance music. Take it and run with it.