Bathgate Design 4 Tall Dwarfs 'Unravelled'

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Director
    Alec Bathgate
  • Ngā Kaimahi / Team Member
    Emma Bathgate
  • Kaitautoko / Contributors
    Katie Clove, Christina Rentz, Mirla del Rosario
  • Client
    Merge Records

‘Unravelled: 1981-2002’ is a 4-lp vinyl retrospective box set commissioned by US label Merge Records in celebration of cult New Zealand musical duo Tall Dwarfs and their rich body of subversive, sonically-experimental and quintessentially Kiwi lo-fi rock.

The design needed to authentically represent the band and their music, hinting at the kind of gritty ear worms a listener would be exposed to when they put needle to wax. A high contrast collection of songs, scratching at the psyche and traversing the gamut of human experience: Cacophonous. Meandering. Melancholic. Littered with rare pops of uplifting sweetness.