Henry Darger - At Battle of Drosabellamaximillan…

Art Corner: Cult PartyI can't say that I have a favourite artwork by Darger. Even if I did, finding an image of it would be pretty hard since he never titled any of his work. This is more just an example. His main appeal to me isn't so much his 'outsiderness', although it does add to the magic, but more just his genius and skill in composing images, using colours and reappropriating almost everything from other sources. I feel a really strong affinity with this need to create these massive and sublime and impenetrable narratives.

Max Ernst - The Triumph of Surrealism (1937)

Art Corner: Cult PartyI couldn't really say that I have a favourite painting by Ernst either. I feel like at this point his career he was just dragging these figures straight out of the depths of creation - or maybe out of the depths of himself. They definitely don't come from an everyday human perception but from somewhere closer to the ground. I wouldn't even say they feel spiritual; it's something more earthly. He is the only artist under the 'surrealist' or 'dadaist' umbrella that I can really relate to. If I see a Dali I'll be like 'Whoa! Is there a fried egg on that telephone? This is crazy!'... but it won't really tell me anything about myself or the world.

Bob Thompson - Death of the Infant Bethel (1965)

Art Corner: Cult PartyBob Thompson was a young black painter in New York in the '60s who died of a heroin overdose before his 30th birthday. It's funny, Basquiat had pretty much the same story only a couple of decades later. They were similar too in that they were in the 'hip' circles. Thompson has a painting called 'In The Garden of Music' where he paints Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane all in this kind of jazz Eden. Ah, this one is great too though. He would take biblical stories and compositions from the Old Masters and just make the figures melt into the landscape. He manages to make these scenes feel more human, despite the figures just being blobs of colour.

William Blake - Newton (1795)

Art Corner: Cult PartyAll of Blake's large colour prints are amazing! I'm not sure if they're still up in the Tate or not. I like this one in particular because it's Blake challenging science and rationality. I'm sure he didn't actually have anything against Newton or science as a general study, but it went with this image he presented of himself as a kind of prophetic visionary character. Not that he wasn't that. But I'm making a lot of work about these ideas at the moment - the calculated versus the experienced.

Evelyn De Morgan - Night and Sleep (1878)

Art Corner: Cult PartyHehe. Sorry. This is the cover of my new record (And Then There Was This Sound). I do really love it though! It's in a stately home in Wolverhampton, but I'm yet to go and see it. The cover of my last album Eternal Love and the Death of Everything was actually by De Morgan's uncle, John Roddam Spencer Stanhope. That one is in Manchester Art Gallery, and I've spent many hours looking at it. I guess I chose the cover for the last album because the songs were about death and birth and thematically was very much on, or in, the ground. It felt like it came from deep inside the woods where all the beetles and mosses are. This one is less heavy and less concrete, maybe more celebratory and fluid, somewhere in the wind.

Cult Party's latest album Then There Was This Sound is out now via Icecapades. Check out the video for 'Pastures Of Plenty' below.