Record Sleeves of the Month

Time for a record sleeve round up and this month we’ve got sleeves for Battles, Gang Gang Dance, Gatto Fritto, UNKLE and more…

Time for a record sleeve round up and this month we’ve got sleeves for Battles, Gang Gang Dance, Gatto Fritto, UNKLE and more…

First up is the sleeve for Battles new album, Gloss Drop, due for release on Warp on June 11 – we recently received a CD promo copy (sleeve shown above). Art directed and designed by Dave Konopka of Battles, the artwork is a photograph of a pile of what appears to be flouro pink blancmange, possibly squeezed from a tube to form a big gooey pile. Each release format features a different photograph by Lesley Unruh of said pink pile. Also, the album title will be stickered. Remove the sticker to reveal the pure artowork beneath. Here’s the LP sleeve, sans sticker:

And here’s a billboard promoting the album:

More info on the release at warp.net/records/releases/battles/gloss-drop

Gang Gang Dance‘s new album, Eye Contact, is about to be released on May 9 by 4AD. The cover of the triple gatefold CD pack features what looks to be an insect covered in droplets of water. Here are some more images of the package:

Art direction: BDG. Graphic guidance: Chris Bigg. Cover image: Miroslaw Swietek

This funny looking diamond shaped character is the packaging for Datarock‘s single Catcher In The Rye, the self-proclaimed “most extravagant single in history”. This translucent ‘soft vinyl’ diamond-shaped figure (designed by illustrator Brian Flynn and released through collectible toy site Super7) houses a 4GB USB stick that contains the single track plus 105 bonus tracks, 1500 photos, 20 music videos and an hour of concert video. I can only imagine a total power cut would provide the time and possibly the inclination to wade through all this stuff on a fully charged laptop.

There’s something very pleasing about this double vinyl LP cover for International Feel artist Gatto Fritto‘s eponymous debut album which features a circular logo comprising the artist’s name on a glossy gatefold sleeve. Open up the gatefold to reveal a matt interior featuring a cosmic illustration:

Art direction: Phantom

Also featuring a logo type device is this sleeve for Art Department‘s debut, entitled The Drawing Board, released on Crosstown Rebels. The image, we’re told, is a photograph by Jason Simon of an art installation from Joe Miller.

I know what you’re thinking. This is now the third time we’ve featured UNKLE’s Where Did The Night Fall artwork as we posted up the original deluxe CD packaging (here) back in May last year and also the vinyl package (here) in December. This is, I assure you, the last time we post an iteration of the album’s packaging! However, I wanted to flag it up as the previous packaging was silver and for this new issue of the album, the packaging is gold. This package, crucially, has a second disc not previously available which contains a whole new album (entitled Another Night Out) of material – with colloborations with Nick Cave, The Black Angels, Liela Moss, Gavin Clark, and Rachel Fannan. Yet more incredible imagery by Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones adorns the package’s slip case, board book and CD sleeves:

More details at unkle.com.

And finally, the sleeve for single Too Close by Alex Clare, art directed by Tom Hingston Studio, features a rather stunning woodcut image created by Andrew Davidson. Here are some carving-of shots:

Too Close by Alex Clare is out now on Island.

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