The album art of 2014 has been absolutely delightful, thoughtful and downright badass. From St. Vincent as an otherworldly Cleopatra to SOHN's cold, dark and emotive rolling landscapes, this year is proving to be a great one for music artwork. Today, I'll pick out the top 5 coolest covers of the last five months.
St. Vincent (Self Titled)
St. Vincent is never one to disappoint, especially when it comes to album art. Her 2014 self-titled masterpiece debuts the singer’s rad new hair as she sits atop a pink plastic throne in futuristic garb -- channeling an otherworldly Cleopatra or undiscovered Star Wars princess. Finished off with alien-like symbols, St. Vincent proves that she’s truly a talent from another planet.
SOHN is deep, broody, and downright cry-tastic so it’s only fair that his album art matches the depths of his emotional bravado. 2014’s Tremors shows the outline of a man traveling into the foggy abyss of snow-capped mountains and a never-ending dirt road to reach, well, I’m not exactly sure. Hauntingly beautiful, SOHN’s Tremors album art, affixed with minimal typography and a crisp white border, is ominous and strange -- in a good way.
Subtle, minimal and designed by the musician himself, Tycho’s Awake reflects the laid-back, unfussy music the artist is known for. Like that of a mood ring, Awake’s album art has the ability to make you feel calm and ethereal, which is impressive considering that this is Scott Hansen’s first time ever dabbling in the pursuit. Designing under the alias ISO50, this is truly Hansen’s best project and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.
Bad Suns "Transpose"
When I think ‘best indie album art’ I immediately picture the digital collage of Bad Suns’ Transpose. In this tour de force, nature and space collide to create a beautifully lush, but surprisingly clean scene of varying reds and calming blues amidst a meditative backdrop of dim stars and opaque blackness. The band’s single covers are all varying degrees of the same spiritual order, but it’s Transpose that hits all the right design marks.
It’s a mess; an avant-garde, awe-inspiring mess that blurs the line between fine art and album art. With an image more likely to be seen in Yale’s School of Art sculpture lab, Mess is woolen string like you’ve never experienced it before. Designed by the band themselves, hundreds of colored strings have been woven onto a fan and appear to be blowing wildly -- hence the name Mess. To take it one step further, the band has even taken to putting the colorful strong across billboards, playgrounds, and yes, even in their pants. Hey, whatever floats your boat...