Time for our latest selection of choice record sleeves and this month we've got releases by Orlando Weeks, D/R/U/G/S, Vadoinmessico, and Cymbals...
First up is Young Colossus, a six track mini album by Orlando Weeks (lead singer of the Maccabees), housed in a 24 page book of narrative illustration by Robert Hunter. It tells the story or a girl and her relationship with a giant monster and also with her own shadow.
"I was approached by Orlando last year," says Hunter of the project. "I had never met him before but he had seen some of my work and sent me a message about getting involved in a project." he continues. "This message had a private link to some music which I found really interesting. I decided to meet him.
"When we met he brought along sketches of a story he had in mind and a book of mine. He proposed I made a book to accompany the music and he gave me an outline of what he wanted to happen in the story and what he had in mind whilst creating the music and we went from there. Orlando was more than happy to let me adapt areas of the ideas for the book and design it in a way I found interesting."
"I started out by sketching the whole narrative a few times," says Hunter of his approach to the project, "then we would meet up in cafe's or at his flat and talk through idea's. Orlando would email me reference photos and drawings of his own that he had made and found whilst making the record with Nic Nell who produced the music."
Young Colossus is out this week on Black Records (limited to 1500 pressings) and you can hear the first track from the release at youngcolossus.com
Sideways, Sometimes is the latest album by London-based band Cymbals. The cover sports artwork by Liberty print designer Robin Hulme. Here's how the LP artwork looks. Note the white vinyl - always a nice touch!
Connected is out now on Tender Age records.
We don't advise you stare too long at this eye-popping sleeve for Transverse - a musical collaboration between Chris Carter Cosey Fanni Tutti and Nik Colk Void. The music on the disc was created specially for the Short Circuit presents Mute festival at London's Roundhouse venue in 2011. The artwork is also a collaboration between Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti.
More information about the release can be found at mute.com. Release date: today (March 27).
The collage-based cover artwork for the debut album of London-based band Vadoinmessico, Archaeology of the Future, is by John V Aranda - who also created the artwork on the inside of the CD digipak gatefold too:
The package also contains a 24 page booklet designed entirely by hand by Dan Jamieson, who, like John V Aranda, graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2009. Here are some images of the booklet:
Archaeology of the Future is due to be released on PIAS Recordings on May 21. You can hear a taster of the album at facebook.com/vadoinmessico - our recommendation is their track Pepita Queen of the Animals.
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Thanks Gavin, now I feel Dizzy.
That 'Transverse' cover is terrible, and you yourself don't recommend looking at it too long, so why did you pick it?
Transverse is indeed giving me a headache but loving D/R/U/G/S and Young Colossus in particular.
these arent records!.. CD's (pfft!)..
Young Colossus has a tremendous amount of a/w involved - great work. I wonder how much the artist / designer got paid?
This is the real Creative work...appreciated :)
Some fantastic stuff!
Young colossus especially.
Beautiful Young Colossus package was ordered instantly for our office. Their hard work undone by the end product being stuffed into a bendable, & therefore very mangled envelope, what a shame.