Album Sleeves of the Month: January '18
10. "Post Era" - Lylo
Designed by: Finn Arschavir
Glasgow-based graphic designer Finn Arschavir took complete control over the creative direction for Lylo's second studio album, Post Era. Complete with show promos, screen-printed single launch posters, and even tote bags, Arschavir's experiments with typography and collage dress the colourful tones of Post Era from head to toe.
9. "The Official Body" - Shopping
Though the political gravitas of The Official Body is underpinned in the lyrical subject matter, on the surface it's a record chock-full of pool-party grooves and licks. Shopping's third studio album serves as a shot in the arm for those still struggling to beat the January blues. Nothing like overtones of indie-twang and a shot of an inflatable crocodile to thrust you into a summery mood.
8. "Young Adults" - Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Sam Duckworth, aka, the creative genius behind Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, confronts the bourgeoisie with song to show that the pen is mightier than the sword . For his sixth studio album, he's commissioned this minimalistic emblem that spells out the name of his musical alias in geometric typography. Using song as his medium for self-examination and political statement, the design on the front begins to read like an activist badge, as Duckworth goes to battle with self-doubt and adulthood.
7. "Marble Skies" - Django Django
Designed by: Aaron Larney
Graphic designer Aaron Larney has built up an impressive canon of work in the music industry, producing pieces for Connan Mockasin, Oscar Cash and Bullion, as well as the sparse beach-scape for Metronomy's The English Riviera (2011) - a homage to the late John Gorham's poster designs promoting the South Devon coastline. Here, Larney has lent his artistic touch to Django DJango's third - a rose-tinted, underwater display to pair their buoyant surf-pop, synth-heavy sound with.
6. "Under Grape Leaves" - André Ethier
Designed by: André Ethier
Art critic Honor Fraser has called Ethier's work "surreal, mystical, and fantastically grotesque", taking inspiration from Fauvism, Dutch still life, and contemporary culture. Ether paints tropical woodland scenes, camp human form and images of fish with chunky brush strokes in brilliant hues, which are accompanied well by his most recent musical composition; if there was any suggestion the two mediums are linked, look no further than Under Grape Leaves.
5. "Snares Like A Haircut" - No Age
Designed by: Daphne Fitzpatrick
For No Age's fourth, duo Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt sought the careful sculpture-work of Brooklyn-based artist Daphne Fitzpatrick in the form of a knife through cheese. Though Fitzpatrick's work isn't granted generous cover space, the rest of the album's layout serves almost as an entirely separate piece of art in itself, given it's particularity in the arrangement of the supporting text.
4. "Glade" - Spice Boys
Designed by: Viktor Mattsson
Incase you were not already aware, Glade is a brand of air fresheners. In Sweden, where Spice Boys originate, Glade became one of the more popular methods of getting high amongst the youth due to restrictive drug policies. Kids would spray the product in bags and inhale to their hearts content. While the product has now since been altered to prevent such intoxication, Mattsson's zesty sleeve design pays a not-so-subtle homage to the product in question.
3. "Swell" - Tiny Moving Parts
"Hang loose", or the shaka sign as it's known in Hawaii, is often used as a gesture of good will and companionship towards others. For Tiny Moving Parts however, this symbol could allude to their seemingly overshadowed status in amongst the high flyers of the indie-rock mainstream: battered and bruised under the weight of major label counterparts and big-budget production, but still smiling in the face of adversity. Tiny Moving Parts are by no means disposable.
2. "RIP IV" - Michael Stasis
Designed by: Adrienne Kammerer
Kammerer's work wavers from gothic, occult symbolism through graphite shading, to downright silliness in her manga-inspired facial features. A fun-loving, pop enthusiast on record, Stasis makes sure this goofiness is captured in his musical yield as well as in the art that adorns it.
1. "Dirge Of Escapism" - Primal Rite
Designed by: Adam Burke
Primal Rite are a hardcore act by trade, but have opted for the death metal aesthetic on the cover of Dirge Of Escapism, their second studio album. Though they've weaved elements of 80's Scandinavian metal into their music, Adam Burke's charming paintwork and conceptual landscapes can only be seen as a perfect counterpoise to the morbidity of the record's abrasive sound.