Marc Bessant

graphic art and design

Syriana – A life in film

Artwork, design, Music

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The sleeve-notes on the back sum it up perfectly – ‘In a place where imagination and reality overlap, Syriana conjures up images of the busy Damascus streets, jewel-like houses and desert suns – with a touch of spy movie menace.With otherworldly qanun and Arabic percussion, 1950’s guitar and sonorous double bass, A life in film is a Paris, Texas-like meditation from the Syrian desert.’

This is a vinyl version of Syriana’s ‘Road To Damascus’ album which I designed a few months back, and contains remixes and re-imaginations which are well worth a listen and, if possible, try to catch the show live.

The cover was shot by Russian photographer Larissa Korlara whilst travelling through Syria, I think her photographs manage to capture the mystery and romance of the Syrian desert whilst still being just a little dangerous.