This month sees the release of a long-awaited album by a pair of rock music legends, and it arrives with strikingly beautiful artwork centred around the photography of an Alberta artist. Lustre Parfait is a posthumous release from late in the life of iconic Canadian musician Gord Downie. The new album is a project that saw him collaborating with super-producer Bob Rock, who’s produced smash-hit albums by the likes of Metallica, Mötley Crüe, and Downie’s own The Tragically Hip.
The cover, gatefold, and lyric book of this new album all prominently feature arresting, spectral photographs of chandeliers, all taken by Edmonton’s Matthew Cardinal.
Matthew is a well-known presence on CKUA’s airwaves as a musician. He’s an acclaimed electronic/ambient musician as a solo artist, and he’s played bass and keyboards with bands like JUNO-nominated and Polaris-shortlisted nehiyawak and a new indie supergroup called Wayfinding.
He joined Grant Stovel to tell us about his captivating photos, about how he became involved in this high-profile project, and what it feels like to have his photography prominently featured in this new album by a pair of genuine rock music titans.