Sights & Sounds Presents Wilco: ‘A.M.’ by Adam Hanson

Adam Hanson

Here it is folks, the reincarnation of the Desktop Wallpaper Project, a new project I’m calling Sights & Sounds. Our first musical artist is Wilco and we’ll be releasing a wallpaper for each album every week and then move onto the next artist. I’ll be throwing random wallpapers in between each series to mix it up a bit, so no worries.

Our first album is A.M. and was interpreted by Adam Hanson. A.M. came out in March of 1995 and overall is considered to be not so great of an album. It had a lot of the alt-country sound that Uncle Tupelo had but it overall it didn’t really hit the nail on the head. That said I think Adam did an amazing job of creating a wallpaper based on the ideas of the album. Here’s how he did it:

My wallpaper based on Wilco’s ‘A.M.’ record is a pretty straight forward interpretation of the song “Passenger Side”. It’s definitely my favorite song on the album and I kept listening to it over and over for this project. To me the song, much like most of the album, is about a relationship on the rocks and that feeling of uneasiness when realizing it’s not going to work out. I wanted to capture the moment of “well it couldn’t get any worse than this so I might as well smoke”, which is pretty much the subject matter for the rest of the album. The album is full of twang and a pretty heavy country influence so I wanted the imagery to have a bit of a light-hearted take on the situation.

I tend to mostly work in the realm of screen printing so my brain is pretty much wired to use a really restricted number of colors when I design. This wallpaper was no different. I love using color overlays to create extra colors and am a sucker for halftones.

Check back next Wedensday for the next wallpaper, Wilco’s Being There.


November 17, 2010