Sunday, January 27, 2008

Logo #167: Mortiis

Drawn by Swedish painter John Bauer between 1907 and 1915 and appropriated by Haavard "Mortiis" Elefsen in 1995 for the cover of his "Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent" LP. Mortiis: "I think it's one of several paintings made for a book, or series of books, called "Bland Tomtar Och Troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls)"." Mortiis is just Mortiis - although one might guess he embraces a certain amount of hubris by choosing a sleeve design that shows the plucky Viking breaking the eternal self-devouring cycle of Ouroboros with something as simple as a broadsword. Puny humans. You'd think Mortiis would do the Cookie Monster metal thing, judging by the pointed ears and trollish nose, but most of his records are fairly straightforward electro-pop with intelligible vocals. Book, cover, etc. Personally, I'd rename myself Adolf Stalin Amin before I'd go through this existence with a look like his - but Mortiis played an nerd for seven years, lives in a country where every girl is at least a 9, and drives a Lamborghini Murciélago. You play a nerd 24/7 and drive a Kia. Deal. John Bauer - not so lucky to do either. Terminally depressed in a world at war, he and his family were headed to their new Stockholm home in 1918 on the Per Brahe ferry - and died in its shipwreck, along with his wife Esther and their two-year-old son Bengt.

The Song of the Moment is "In Our Angelhood" by Cocteau Twins.

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