Record sleeves of the year #08: Nicolas Jaar, Sirens

The vinyl edition of Nicolas Jaar's album Sirens features a scratch off cover and an image of Alfredo Jaar's artwork, A Logo for America
The vinyl edition of Nicolas Jaar’s album Sirens features a scratch off cover. Underneath is an image of Alfredo Jaar’s artwork, A Logo for America

The vinyl edition of Nicolas Jaar’s album Sirens comes with a scratch-off cover. The sleeve is coated in a white ink similar to the kind found on scratchcards and supplied with a quarter, which can be used to scratch off the coating.

Underneath is an image of A Logo for America – a provocative artwork by Jaar’s father, the Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar – displayed on a billboard in Times Square.

The billboard reads ‘This is not America’, reminding passers-by that the USA is just one country in a vast and diverse pair of continents. The piece was first displayed in New York in 1987 and appeared in London this year for the exhibition Under the Same Sun.

The artwork was designed by David Rudnick and the sleeve was produced by London company Key Production. The image reflects the album’s themes of politics and identity while the scratch-off design encourages fans to interact with the album and think more deeply about its content.

Label: Other People

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