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.
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
 
SPECTRAL HYPNOSIS A recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - "Tapes & Money" (John Talabot Remix)

In this remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs "Tapes & Money," snippets of vocals are repeated almost to the point of ad nauseum. Many remixes of this song are available, including those by MJ Cole, Eats Everything, and Casino Times, but John Talabot is one with a singularly impressive ability to make such repetition not even the least bit boring. His "Ritual Deconstruction" mix seems to live up to its own name as it slowly and methodically chisels into one's brain with every click, tap, and refrain. The remix bundle came out on April 10th. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - "Tapes & Money" (John Talabot Remix) Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs will release his long-awaited debut album, Trouble, June 12th in the US via Casablanca Records. As far as I'm concerned, the original can be skipped in light of this vastly superior remix. But if you'd like to decide for yourself, you can stream it at YouTube.

 

Scissor Sisters tone down their glam disco selves a slight bit with this romp into surreal psychedelia. I guess this is the trend of the hour, and this video takes it all the way there with images of wolves, crucifixions, coffins, and burials joining hands with geometric shapes and nonsensical...