Record sleeves of the month

This month we’ve got some beautiful new music releases to share with you from artists Sam Willis (central vinyl label of side B of his LP, Winterval, shown above), Sunbeam Rd, Scott Walker, Mary Epworth, and more…

This month we’ve got some beautiful new music releases to share with you from artists Sam Willis (cover of his LP, Winterval, shown above), Sunbeam Rd, Scott Walker, Mary Epworth, and more…

First up is the debut release from one half of musical duo Walls, Sam Willis. His Winterval LP features photographic imagery found on antique slides and the handwritten details on the black back cover of the LP were penned by Willis’ 92 year old grannie, Hetty Fraser.

The vinyl disc itself is a bright cadmium red with more photography on the central labels:

Art direction: Sam Willis. Layout: Caroline Glover. Label: Half Machine Records. The video for album track Foxglissandro, shot by Sean Rogg, can be viewed here.

The next LP to catch our eye also features coloured vinyl. Breathers by Sunbeam Rd sports a colourful illustrated sleeve by band member Clive Hacker and a rather nice typographic title illustration by James T. Edmondson.

Each sleeve is hand numbered in an edition of 250 and the custom coloured vinyl sees bright colours eminate from the central labels…

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This next release wasn’t easy to photograph. It’s Sinner DC‘s reflective, debossed CD cover for recently released album, Future That Never Happened. Once the cellophane wrap with a sticker has been removed, the album sports no text whatsoever.

Label: Mental Groove Records.

Clytem Scanning‘s new album, Mirada Fuerte, features a wrap around hand-lettered, matt gold on matt black desgin by mush-design.

Scott Walker‘s new LP, Bish Bosch is available as a double LP edition which features the painted album title in white on a matt black sleeve.The painted letters and drips have also been given a spot gloss varnish giving it a kind of wet-paint feel.

The edition comes with a CD of the album along with a booklet of lyrics and photographs by Davy Evans of the album artwork being created by Ben Farquharson. Design: Philip Laslett.

Label: 4AD.

I had to include this – Pepe Deluxe‘s ‘deluxe edition’ of its recent Queen of the Wave album. Designed by the band’s James Spectrum in cahoots with Vilunki 3000, the edition is in a hardcover book format complete with 66 pages of artwork and extended album sleevenotes. Here’s a look inside the edition:

Label: Catskills Records.

Mary Epworth‘s Dream Life album actually came out in June this year, but the vinyl edition (shown here) only became available a matter of weeks ago. A contender for my personal favourite album cover of the year, it features a beautiful image created in-camera (I believe smoke was involved) by artist Matthew-Robert Hughes.

Layout and typography by Mat Martin. Label: Hand of Glory Records.


CR In print

In our December issue we look at why carpets are the latest medium of choice for designers and illustrators. Plus, Does it matter if design projects are presented using fake images created using LiveSurface and the like? Mark Sinclair looks in to the issue of mocking-up. We have an extract from Craig Ward’s upcoming book Popular Lies About Graphic Design and ask why advertising has been so poor at preserving its past. Illustrators’ agents share their tips for getting seen and we interview maverick director Tony Kaye by means of his unique way with email. In Crit, Guardian economics leader writer Aditya Chakrabortty review’s Kalle Lasn’s Meme Wars and Gordon Comstock pities brands’ long-suffering social media managers. In a new column on art direction, Paul Belford deconstructs a Levi’s ad that was so wrong it was very right, plus, in his brand identity column, Michael Evamy looks at the work of Barcelona-based Mario Eskenazi. And Daniel Benneworth-Gray tackles every freelancer’s dilemma – getting work.

Our Monograph this month, for subscribers only, features the EnsaïmadART project in which Astrid Stavro and Pablo Martin invited designers from around the world to create stickers to go on the packaging of special edition packaging for Majorca’s distinctive pastry, the ensaïmada, with all profits going to a charity on the island (full story here)

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