Advance Promo Sleeves of the Month
We feel very lucky here at CR towers that various record labels and their hard working PR peeps regularly send us news of imminent releases. Of course, not all of the promos we see float our boat, but here are a few recent arrivals (for Damian Lazarus, Crazy P, and St. Vincent) with rather nice artwork...
Sebastian Dittman designed the sleeve for the latest episode of Damian Lazarus' series of Get Lost mixes, Get Lost 4 (promo cover shown above), due for release on Lazarus' own label, Crosstown Rebels next month. "I decided to make ten blurry images that are going a little bit in the direction of a Rorschach test type image, where everyone can see something for themselves," explains Berlin-based Dittman of his approach to the cover artwork. "No clear image, a little bit trippy, I think the images are also going to be shown on LED screens at a Get Lost party in LA happening on August 27 (tomorrow) too." Get Lost 4 is out on September 12.
Another promo to catch our eye was Crazy P's When We On album, slated for a September 19 release. Shown above is the CD promo we were sent which sports an illustration by Victoria Topping. Flip the cover over (see below) and the name of the artist and album title is rendered using 14 different typefaces, one for each letter. We do love a type challenge so we're trying to work out all 14 fonts used. Feel free to help us out in the comment box! Design: Richard Robinson. Label: 2020 Vision.
Also due to be released onSeptember 19 is St. Vincent's Strange Mercy album, which features an image of what looks to be a sheet of plastic stretched tight over a screamingly open mouth. The photos here don't quite do the gold foilblocked type justice. I'm awaiting a photo credit for the cover and will add it as soon as I get it. Art direction: Annie Erin Clark. Photography: Tina Tyrell. Label: 4AD.
C — Buxom :: Robert Trogman (1975)
R — Glaser Stencil :: Milton Glaser (1970)
A — Arnold Boecklin :: Arnold Boecklin (1904)
Z — Strangelove :: Marcus Sterz (2009)
W — Data 70 :: Bob Newman (1970)
H — Chromium One :: David Harris (1983)
W — ITC Serif Gothic :: Herb Lubalin + Antonio DiSpigna (1974)
e — Carousel :: Gary Gillot (2004)
O — Modernistic Series :: Wadsworth A Parker (1929)
N.B. The O has been flipped.
N — AF Generation A Medium :: Dirk Wachowiak (2002)
Crazy p artwrk absolutely stunning. great use of shape and colour.
at least a good portion are from youworkforthem (i was looking on there yesterday)
I really like the crazy p cover.
I'd be interested to know what the creative process was that led to the unusual design.
Good image-making but doesn't seem like they'd stand out either on a shelf or reduced to a thumbnail on iTunes. I guess folk have given up trying to do iconic covers (like 'Dark Side of the Moon' or 'Tubular Bells')? Mind you, 'Sgt Pepper' looks mince at 55 pixels square but it seems to do alright!
I can only get about four of the fonts - might come back to that one...
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