Record sleeves of the month

Time for a round up of record (and CD) sleeves. This month we’ve selected releases from David Byrne & St. Vincent on 4AD, Cat Power on Matador, The xx on Young Turks and more…

Time for a round up of record (and CD) sleeves. This month we’ve selected releases from David Byrne & St. Vincent on 4AD, Cat Power on Matador, The xx on Young Turks and more…

First up is the cover of David Byrne and St. Vincent’s collaborative album, Love This Giant, (shown above) which features a photo of St. Vincent’s Annie Clark and Byrne by Richard Burbridge. But wait, what the heck’s wrong with their faces? The sleeve notes credits Gabe Bartalos for “prosthetics”.

The package itself is slightly unusual in that a plastic envelope (printed with the album title on the front and the tracklisting on the reverse) houses a series of four art cards (shown below), each with a plain gold reverse. Also included is the album disc which is housed in a white card sleeve adorned with all the album notes:

Package design by Noah Wall. Package art by Catalina Kulczar, Juan Marin, LeeAnn Rossi and Noah Wall. Cover type design by Steve Powers. Label: 4AD.

Also packaged in a clear plastic envelope is the vinyl deluxe version of Cat Power’s new album, Sun, released on Matador.

The matt black cover features the album title foilblocked in gold on the front, and the tracklist and text on the back cover also gets the same treatment.

Inside are two translucent vinyl 12″ discs housed in gold foilblocked innersleeves, plus a seven inch clear vinyl record (which contains two albums not on the CD version of the release) in a gold embossed card sleeve.

Also opting for a matt black 12″ sleeve and a single colour text approach is this release, Black Acid by Black Asteroid. The words “black acid” get a shiny spot varnish (black on black) on the front while all the text on the reverse is similarly treated.

Design: Enchilada. Label: Electric Deluxe.

We also like the artwork for Norken & Deer’s collaborative release Micro Don Juan, designed by StudioThomson. Each panel of the gatefold CD version features a monochromatic image of a strange object shot by artist and photographer Ali Truter.

Label: Hydrogen Dukebox.

Also keeping things fairly subdued colour-wise is the sleeve of the new album by The xx, Coexist. The front outside panel (and the inside front panel too) of the white gatefold CD pack features an x-shaped cut out (just as their first album’s black sleeve did) and the dark cover of the booklet within – featuring a photograph (of an oily surface?) by Davy Evans – shows through.

Photography: David Evans. Art direction: Romy Madley Croft, Phil Lee. Design: Phil Lee, The xx. Label: Yong Turks.

Efterklang‘s forthcoming album, Piramida (out on September 24) sports artwork by Hvass & Hannibal, based on the artwork the studio designed for the band’s recent tour entitled The Piramida Concerts. The hardback book-like CD case features a card sleeve containing the album disc on the inside front cover and a 24 page booklet tipped onto the inside back cover:

Design and art direction: Hvass & Hannibal. Photography: Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg. Label: 4AD.

This colourful 12″ sleeve is for Peace’s EP Delicious, just out on Columbia/Sony Music. A white vinyl disc lurks within:

Artwork by Sam Coldy.

Also opting for a colourful, text free front cover is this four track release by The Antlers entitled Undersea. The vinyl is an appropriately slightly translucent bluey-green colour.

Artwork by Darby Cicci. Label: Transgressive.


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