Needle’s debut CD Songs Your Mother Never Sang You blends low-fi minimalist arrangements with a collection of lullabies and symphonic sagas. Described as a gentle, mellifluous exploration of the aural netherworld by Pop Culture Press, Needle strives for honesty in its music, keeping where possible early takes marked by inspiration. Acoustic guitars and distortion, analog synthesizers, old time pianos along with toy xylophones and a cocktail drum helped shape these songs of battles won, souls sucked in, and hands held up in surrender. Included on the CD is a dreamlike remake of Neil Young’s Helpless .
For this project I worked with a photographer and laid type over her work to create a CD digipack that was printed in full-color.