Elysia Crampton is an Amerindian Aymara electronic musician, producer, poet and composer. Her new album titled ORCORARA 2010 released with Berlin record label PAN is a moving compilation that follows intergenerational trauma, fugitives of Christian violence in a twilight called Puruma, and returning to Mama Cocha, the sea that theorists call Nowhere. The album cover uses Greenstone, a typeface in progress by Connor Davenport for Sharp Type. We got a chance to hear from Hafeez Dawood, who collaborated with Bill Kouligas, to design the album.
“ORCORARA 2010 is a deeply emotional, raw and sentimental piece of work. There is a sense of mystery, of urgency and an otherworldly quality to the record. It simultaneously maintains distinct references to Elysia’s grounded cultural, spiritual, and personal history which turns the otherworldliness into something very tangible. Greenstone helped communicate these traits visually, and it worked as a synergistic contribution to the artwork, instead of just as a decorative addition,” Dawood said.
A keyword for the artwork was “artefact.” Greenstone, inspired by a mix of stone carvings and lettering by Oscar Ogg, naturally embeds a sense of history and memory into the letterforms. Dawood described how he loves the Americana that is embedded within Greenstone’s identity, with the forms feeling classical and romantic. Additionally, it reminds him of being in Western desert, walking alongside hundreds of stones alongside railroads and conjuring up feelings of discovery and wonder.
Greenstone typeface is coming soon. In the meantime, get in touch if you’re interested in a trial or using it for a project.