January 09, 2012

best album covers of 2011

I’ll never stop loving the beauty of a physical album. Everything gives meaning from the scent of a new vinyl, to the magic of reading the lyrics and seeing the images inside the insert, to the touch of the glossy, matte or recycled paper, and the most important factor — the cover art of the actual overall masterpiece.
Here are 25 of the best album covers of 2011. It’s easy to see in all of these artists, that there was an actual thought to the structure of not only their music but how it visually sounds. Enjoy!
Artist: The Antlers
Album: Burst Apart
Record Label: Transgression
Designer: Zan Goodman
Artist: Beastie Boys
Album: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Record Label: Capitol
Designer: Mike Mills
Artist: Bill Callahan
Album: Apocalypse
Record Label: Drag City
Designer: Paul Ryan
Artist: Bon Iver
Album: Bon Iver
Record Label: 4AD
Designer: Gregory Euclide
Listen: Perth
Artist: Braids
Album: Native Speaker
Record Label: Kanine
Designer: Marc Rimmer
Listen: Lemonade
Artist: Bright Eyes
Album: The People’s Key
Record Label: Saddle Creek
Designer: Zack Nipper
Listen: Shell Games
Artist: Coldplay
Album: Mylo Xyloto
Record Label: Capitol
Designer: Tappin Gofton
Artist: Cults
Album: Cults
Record Label: Columbia
Designer: Dave Bett and Jeannette Kaczorowski
Listen: Abducted
Artist: Cut Copy
Album: Zonoscope
Record Label: Modular
Designer: Alter
Artist: DJ Shadow
Album: The Less You Know, The Better
Record Label: Island
Designer: Tony Papesh
Listen: Scale It Back
Album: Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Record Label: Bella Union
Designer: Esteben Rey
Listen: Trembling Hands
Artist: Fleet Foxes
Album: Helplessness Blues
Record Label: Bella Union
Designer: Toby Liebowitz, Sean Pecknold and Dusty Summers
Listen: Grown Ocean
Album: Pala
Record Label: XL
Designer: Phil Lee
Listen: Blue Cassette
Artist: Gillian Welch
Album: The Harrow & The Harvest
Record Label: Acony
Designer: John Dyer Baizley
Listen: The Way It Goes
Artist: The Horrors
Album: Skying
Record Label: XL
Designer: The Horrors and Alison Fielding
Listen: Still Life
Artist: Iron and Wine
Album: Kiss Each other Clean
Record Label: 4AD
Designer: Sam Beam
Album: Watch the Throne
Record Label: Def Jam
Designer: Riccardo Tisci
Listen: Primetime
Artist: Kasabian
Album: Velociraptor!
Record Label: Columbia
Designer: Aitor Throup at A.T. Studio
Listen: Rewired
Artist: Liam Finn
Album: Fomo
Record Label: Transgressive
Designer: Sarah Larnach Design by Anna Taylor
Listen: Cold Feet
Album: Belong
Record Label: PIAS/Slumberland
Designer: Winston Chmielinski
Artist: Radiohead
Album: The King of Limbs
Record Label: XL
Designer: Stanley Donwood
Listen: Codex
Artist: The Strokes
Album: Angles
Record Label: Rough Trade
Designer: Guy Pouppez
Listen: Machu Picchu
Artist: SBTRKT
Album: Young Turks
Record Label: Rough Trade
Designer: Matt de Jong
Listen: Hold On
Artist: Vetiver
Album: The Errant Charm
Record Label: Bella Union
Designer: Nathaniel Russell
Artist: Washed Out
Album: Within and Without
Record Label: Domino
Designer: Ernest Greene and Jeff Kleinsmith
Listen: Amor Fati

No comments:

Post a Comment