2001: A Space Odyssey inspires POST's artwork for techno duo Floorplan's Supernatural LP
Supernatural is the second album from Floorplan, a duo consisting of techno veteran Robert Hood and his daughter Lyric. With roots in the Detroit techno scene from which Robert emerged, Floorplan’s sound is embellished with the heartfelt emotions and unbridled passions of Chicago house music. The music is heavy, analogue and filled with vigour thanks to expert drum programming and well-sculpted synths.
London-based studio POST, a long-time collaborator of Floorplan’s record label AUS Music, was commissioned to design Supernatural’s artwork. As with previous albums, POST was only able to hear a few unmastered tracks before starting the design, so chatted to Robert and Lyric to find out some of their inspirations.
They presented a range of loose concepts to see if anything resonated, knowing from previous experience that artists are often too engrossed in the music to be thinking about the artwork. The Hood’s warmed to an image of the obelisk and chimps from 2001: A Space Odyssey due to its connection with Supernatural’s extraterrestrial theme.
After some investigation, POST found the work of French photographer Emile Guillemot. His images of rock and granite wedged into beaches look like they’ve just arrived from another world, but are actually WW2 defences. POST and Floorplan warmed to one particular image, thanks to its similarity to the scene from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece. After listening to the music, Guillemot happily licensed it for the album cover and promotional campaign.