2007 has seen the light to some amazing new music and some pretty amazing package design and album art to cap it off. So here are a few covers that I aesthetically, highly regard.
1. Memomena – Friend & Foe (Barsuk)
Craig Thompson has taken cd packaging to a whole new level. Thompson’s illustrations and along with his ingenuity has really aided this album. The intricacy in layers and near-chaotic cartoon illustrations is a definitive reflection of Menomena’s style and one that hopefully gains as much recognition as the band themselves.
2. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer? [US Release] (Polyvinyl/Popfrenzy)
Who says album covers can only open one way? Together with David Barnes’ graphics is near genius.
3. Blonde Redhead – 23 (4AD/Remote Control)
Is there are name for these optical illusions that when two you cover up ANY two legs, the tennis lady still looks perfectly normal. Who knew a four-legged lady could be this much fun. The track listing is on a seperate, small piece of paper that’s meant to enclose the cover is a nuisance to remove and you would most likely just lose it.
4.Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
Who needs lyrics when you’ve got photo cards?
5. Electrelane – No Shouts, No Calls (Too Pure/Remote Control)
A simple and coherent design that is a clear reflection of the music.