Another year of our favorites in Top Album Cover Artwork, and once again, we interview musicians and artists on the often-underappreciated work that goes into creating a product that not only tickles your ears, but speaks to your eyes and hearts. Album artwork, though often...

In our 2012 Album Covers of the Year feature, we once again get our hands on everyone we can. Through interviews with designers, musicians, labels, and plenty of others, we take a close look at just how many hands are in the pot when it comes to the album artwork process. Inside this feature are 98 album covers spanning a wide array of sonic and visual styles, each selected for its own unique contribution to the world. They are not ranked; instead, they are broken down into sections based on conceptual underpinnings or artistic mediums, and then are displayed on spectrums. Get started by navigating into any of these six sections: Geometric & Pattern-Based Classically-Influenced Narrative & Symbolic Photography & Manipulations Painting & Illustration Collage, Sculpture & Mixed Media You can also see last year's at 2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art
 

Welcome to Remix City! A recurring, no-bullshit series of posts that will highlight remixes that are actually worth a damn (as we all know, there are plenty that truly aren't).

Battles

To kick it off are two from the almost infallible Battles, as a part of their upcoming Drop Gloss 12" series. These two tracks, remixed by Gui Boratto and The Field, are on opposite ends of the dance spectrum yet form a satisfying whole: one keeps your dance spirit jumping; the other drones you into blissful, breathy submission. And given enough time, both turn into the other, become either of the above. [a1] "WALL STREET" (GUI BORATTO REMIX) [b1] "SWEETIE & SHAG" (THE FIELD REMIX) And, of course, being the visually-minded minds that they are, Battles have been sure to include the Drop Gloss album art packaging as extension of their similarly-minded gushy, pile-centric existing branding. This particular 12" drops February 7th in North America, and you can subscribe to the entire series at BLEEP.

 

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging + 10 Fashion, Sculpture, Installation _____________________________    91 Album Covers For 2011 Best Of 2011 Album Cover Art

Battles
Battles - Gloss Drop
A suite of amorphous blobs unify Battles' year of singles and full-length releases. Different in material and style yet similar in overall form, these sculptured mounds are colorful, strangely compelling, and without a doubt represent some of the most visually iconic album art off 2011.
Record Label Warp Records The Artists Design & Art Direction - Dave Konopka Photography - Leslie Unruh Mediums & Materials Photography, Sculpture

 

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