Record sleeves of the month

It’s been a while since our last roundup of beautiful record sleeves so we thought we’d pick out and share some releases from the last couple of months from labels 4AD, Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Sub Pop and more…

It’s been a while since our last roundup of beautiful record sleeves so we thought we’d  pick out and share some releases from the last couple of months from labels 4AD, Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Sub Pop and more…

First up is the just-released album from Canadian duo Purity Ring, Shrines, which features handrawn artwork by Kristina Baumgartner.

Layout by Matt de Jong. Label: 4AD.

The Temper Trap‘s eponymous album features a shot of ink in water and the cover, and more of the same inside. Not the most original idea, perhaps, but when it’s done well, it is an undeniably beautiful thing.

Photography: Alberto Seveso. Design by Boat Studio. Label: Liberation Records.

The sleeve of Father John Misty‘s Fear Fun album (cover of the vinyl version, above) is adorned with artwork by Russian-born New York-based artist Dimitri Drjuchin. Apparently the psychedelic cover is his interpretation of the album.

The vinyl version of the album comes with two fold out lyric and story sheets and a copy of the album on CD:

Design by Jeff Kleinsmith and Sasha Barr. Label: Bella Union / Sub Pop.

The latest release from San Franciscan psych-rock outfit Moon Duo is a Halloween-themed EP entitled Horror Tour. Artwork is by Manchester-based screenprinter and illustrator SAVWO. Label: Souterrain Transmissions.

See more of SAVWO’s output at

I saw this and loved it so wanted to include it here, although I’m fairly sure it’s nostalgia rather than design excellence that appeals to me. It’s the just-released cassette-only release, entitled Cassette, by Stones Throw artist Jon Wayne.

Design by Jeff Jank. Check out track Bukowski from the release here.

I also wanted to show the limited edition release from Ninja Tune‘s Amon Tobin which is housed in a bolt-fastened press containing six 10″ vinyl records, 7 CDs and 2 DVDs. To access the contents, simply spin off the bolts and lift off the various disc-containing layers and artwork…

OK, so with those bolts sticking out, it’s not going to sit flush with other box sets on your shelves but actually as a practical solution to storing the discs and printed artwork, it’s sturdy, easy to use and feels suitably reverent. There’s even a making-of film cut, but of course, to Amon Tobin beats:

Packaging design: Oscar & Ewan. Packaging development and production: Think Tank Media.


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