The idea was to create a cover based on Lazarus Wang’s superbly crafted song lyrics which were mostly stories based on the themes of spirituality, divinity, evil, loss, mortality, redemption and love. Do check out the really interesting and attractive lyrics on the album. I am always in awe of people that can write that well. How do you guys do it?! Okay, well. Starting with the 2 characters on the cover that was a spin off the story of Cain and Abel. I worked out a number of ideas/sketches as we went along and the rest of the stories especially ‘Carry Me Down’ which was about a mother and daughter love, just took shape and claimed their place on the artwork. The rest of the look and feel of the album cover art was borne out of my love for great LP covers from the late 60s and 70s. As a kid, I was particularly drawn to stunning works by Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Hipgnosis, Roger Dean and of course the late great, Mati Klarwein. A very prolific artist/painter whose prominent works included album covers for Osibisa, Earth, Wind & Fire, Miles Davis and Santana. The composition of spiritual, dramatic landscape and imaginative worlds by these great artists are just mind blowing. There you go. The list of my inspiration for the new Cheating Sons cover visual. So it comes as no big surprise that the cover turned out the way it was, a huge tribute to these great artists that have left a great impression on me and my work till this day in one way or another. A big thank you to Lazarus Wang, Donovan Loh, Andy Liew, Chez for giving me free reign to create the cover. Thank you too for including my painting ‘In The Bright Sunshine Of A Glorious Day’ for the album inner sleeve. As always, thank you to my wonderful family and my always supportive soul-mate, Caryn. The new Cheating Sons album is available for download worldwide at most music sites and the CDs are available at Roxy Records and Curated Records in Singapore. Check it out!