On a very cold mid-January night a heavy, penetrating rain falls over Paris. In a secret haven the sun is shining though, under the spotlights of confidential Arts Factory gallery in the heart of the Marais. Every year, the spot hosts a show giving Bastien Stisi a carte blanche. Bastien founded and curated Néoprisme to « to bring album covers back to their former glory». Néoprisme is about music and artworks and gives on both fields an equally poetic and expert outlook. Needless to say it’s an insiders business.

Or maybe not. One had nearly forgotten the excitement triggered by the release of a new album cover, debated at length with friends in the aftermath. The same covers nowadays fling along anonymously on spotify or deezer.

This year, Néoprisme chose to feature Nowadays label with a graphic selection, a combination of whispered softness and meticulous pyrotechnics. We’ve asked Bastien Stisi to handpick his favorites pieces and explain in a few words how he relates to them. The result reflect the label’s identity: a contrasted, savvy mixture of talents.

Jumo x Cela – Nomade

«The cover of Jumo’s first album is undoubtedly my favorite of them all, as far as our Nowadays exhibition is concerned. It comes from a much wider series (of which Mariska Konkoly has spoken in a column on Néoprisme) and is filled with intense sensitivity.» 

Jumo x Cela – Nomade
Jumo x Cela – Nomade

«The grace and the elegance of the 1st Jumo album is mirrored in this perfect piece by the collective, thanks to  the talented Nina Guy. These lines one could consider subjectives in reality have a very determined objective : to achieve refined rêverie and light beauty. I find it truly extremely beautiful. »

Le Vasco x Polybius Studio – La Transe des Oiseaux (The Transe of the Birds)

«In close collaboration with Polybius Studio, Le Vasco has built the very complex imagery surrounding their first album on a heavenly and almighty figure, Aya Yosémite, who rules the world in which stories take place and are told. »

Le Vasco x Polybius Studio – La Transe des Oiseaux
Le Vasco x Polybius Studio – La Transe des Oiseaux

«The imposing gameplay we see here is the basis of everything (we also exhibited a physical version of it at Arts Factory). It a door to a complex universe in which one might be able to wander sometime soon, through a video game the band is already working on. You can also text Aya Yosémite, she’ll reply to you. 06 51 30 97 51.»

Everydayz & Phazz x Emma Le Doyen x Erbery – Almeria

«The colors on this cover are what fascinates me the most. Le liveliness of yellow and blue stands for Almeria’s sun. One can immediately feel its benevolent warmth. Though the picture was taken in winter (by Emma Le Doyen), it feels hot.»

Everydayz & Phazz x Emma Le Doyen x Erbery – Almeria
Everydayz & Phazz x Emma Le Doyen x Erbery – Almeria

Bastien Stisi founded Néoprisme and works for Radio Nova and Brain Magazine.
Néoprisme exhibited Nowadays from January 12th to 18th 2017 at the Arts Factory gallery.
Cover image © Bastien Stisi