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...

Album Covers of the Year 2014
In contrast to modern patterns in music consumption comes our annual Album Covers of the Year feature, where, instead of forgetting album artwork even exists, we hyperextend ourselves to assert that it is an artform that is vitally connected to the spirit of the music. This feature, which is divided at times into thematic elements and at times into artistic medium, incorporates interviews with not only musicians, but also artists involved throughout the artistic process. We pride this list in being diverse and multi-faceted, as well as philosophically exploratory. See all of our entries from previous years or get started by choosing a category below. Happy travels through the artistic universe we've crafted for you.

Though they have long been manufacturing their own visual aesthetic, Seattle's Midday Veil recently enlisted the help of director Steven Miller and cinematographer Ian Lucero for their newest music video for "Great Cold of the Night". The final product is a dizzying take on spiritual death and rebirth, made possible by zombie-like witches and their "cannibalism" of a carefully-sculpted red velvet cake. Midday Veil's Emily Pothast and director Steven Miller take turns to offer their commentaries in the Q&A interview below, followed by a stream of the music video itself.
"The basic concept has been sort of developing for years, due to our interest in mythology, especially ancient mystery religions that involve sacrificing or dismembering a god/hero and taking him into the underworld in order to give him a secret awareness of the processes of death and resurrection." - Emily Pothast

 

I think my brain waves are rippling in time with the amorphous pustules and static globs of this video. Really, though, I can't figure out why this is so mesmerizing...