Record sleeves of the month
The latest slew of nicely packaged music releases includes Mute's Can: The Lost Tapes (above), an unusual etched 12" record, a wax-dipped sleeve for band Liars' new album, plus a fold-and-make typewriter package for band Foreign Slippers...
A 10" flip lid box (shown above) houses the three CDs and 28 page booklet that make up the Can: The Lost Tapes release on Mute. The package, designed by Julian House at Intro, manages to capture the feel of an old archive find which is in keeping with the release which contains previously unreleased material recorded by Can between 1968 and 1975.
Old photos of the band, their studio and equipment used to make the recordings enclosed on the three CDs illustrate notes by band member Irmin Schmidt (who helped put the release together) and an essay by Ian Harrison. All text in the booklet appears as if typed on a typewriter in both English and German.
Here's a look inside the box...
Sparks Studio in London worked with Gabi Froden of Foreign Slippers on her debut album packaging. Froden herself created all the illustrations and handwritten text that adorns the release which can be refolded to create a kind of "typewriter-like shed" which then houses the enclosed postcards and CD:
Label: First Column
Unusual and and actually very beautiful to behold in the flesh is the special vinyl edition of Liars latest album WIXIW. The sleeve has been screenprinted and then dipped in black wax. Here's a short YouTube clip of the band themselves creating the sleeves:
And here's a shot showing the album title etched in the wax:
Last but not least is another unusual release. The Kinights EP by Babe, Terror does not only feature etched illustration work - but plays from the inside out. In other words, you have to place the stylus in the middle of the record, rather than the outer edge, for it to play. Here are some detail shots:
The Knights EP isn't due for release until August but we couldn't resist previewing it here. Design and illustration by North Internet. Concept by Erol Alkan & David Rudnick. Label: Phantasy
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