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.

Scottish electronica act Errors have shown steady growth through the years. The band's debut, It's Not Something But It Is Like Whatever, was a calculated assault of electronics and synth, and their second album, Come Down With Me, brought in a bit more melody while retaining those previous elements. Now...

A spectrum of musical madness that represents our tastes from large to small, mainstream to obscure, spaced out to reasonable. There's no way in bloody hell you'll love every release on this list unless you have a million personalities living in your puny body, but chances are great that you'll...

The genius of Fuck Buttons has always been the duo's ability to put sounds on loop -- of creating and finding the nuances of that loop, while at the same time redlining the amplifiers into a moving wall of distortion. So when Benjamin John Power, one half of Fuck Buttons, decided to try his hand at a solo electronic effort under the moniker of Blanck Mass, the results were expected to be relatively the same. Less blatant dance music, more deep thoughts.

Going in with that mentality isn't doing Power any favors. The self-titled release is less Fuck Buttons noise and more a focus on the atmospheric qualities of his original group. The album opens with "Sifted Gold", a song that has waves of slight distorted electronics fading in and out, ebbing like the tide, with the actual sound of the tide in the background. Blanck Mass is harkening back to the originals of the ambient wave, more Eno than recent forays into distortion-driven music. While some songs like "Sundowner" and "Land Disasters" rely on distortion, the peak of the song never comes at the drop of a grand crescendo. Like most ambient songs, most of the songs never really peak on Blanck Mass, but that isn't to say that they are boring at all.

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Glasgow, Scotland's Errors roam through all landscapes -- terrestrial, aquatic, otherworldly, rave-y -- in this video for "Magna Encarta", sometimes with a chicken as their prime focus, and sometimes not. All landscapes become intertwined with one another throughout the course of the video, however, with the chicken remaining the only...

Tickets for the Mogwai show went on sale absurdly early, at least four months or so before the concert rolled around. On the night of the show, there were a few procrastinating individuals milling around the Showbox at the Market desperately looking for tickets, which was fitting considering Mogwai's new...

It's almost guaranteed that if you're in an instrumental band from Great Britain, your band will be more inclined to play post-rock of the Mogwai variety. England's is no different. The EP Autonomy has some pieces that sound as if they were almost taken straight from some of Mogwai's...

Mogwai's claim for being the "loudest live band on the planet" gets thrown around quite often -- and why shouldn't it? If your band is reliant on distortion, just crank those knobs and make some eardrums bleed. That is, at least, the mentality for a lot of bands. And while...

The ever-so-helpful blurb about MinionTV describes the instrumental band as something in a similar vein as Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky. Thanks guys. Really, thanks. As a post-rock band, describing yourself in the same vein as the two biggest post-rock bands around might be good marketing, but...