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Category Archives: Album Covers

Previews: ‘Rewire’ @ Gamma Transport Division (Edinburgh)

Art and music have long enjoyed a reciprocal relationship. Take the album cover for example. For years, musicians have found or commissioned visual artists to portray an aesthetic that resonates with the contents of the sleeve resulting in a complete aural and visual package. Gamma Proforma’s forthcoming exhibition and project Rewire flip reverses this process with a collection of artworks produced by visual artists forming the inspiration for a series of sonic interpretations of the artworks by musicians. A perfect fit for Gamma Proforma who […]

Album Covers: Jeff Koons x Lady Gaga – “ARTPOP”

Yesterday, Lady Gaga revealed the cover for her upcoming album ARTPOP featuring the work of Jeff Koons. Dominated by the image of a nude sculpture of the 27 year old singer, the new artwork was hinted at in her latest single Applause in her lyrics – “One second I’m a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me.” Behind the sculpture are spliced parts of artworks including Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, which is also referenced in the seashell base at the bottom and Gaga’s bikinis in her Applause […]

Releases: Kid Acne – ‘Council Pop’ (screen-printed 10 year anniversary edition)

Kid Acne’s coming back through like an amber gambler with the re-release of his 2003 album Council Pop in a special 10 year anniversary edition (has it really been 10 years?). AM readers will probably be more familiar with the graffiti / street art side of Kid Acne’s creative output, but if you haven’t heard his Yorkshire infused hip hop, then this could be an ideal intro to the world of Eddy Fresh. Streets ahead of his debut Rap Traffic, Council Pop lacks some of the […]

Videos: Eric Shaw x Wild Nothing Music Video

If like us, you enjoy the superflat yet explosive paintings of New York painter Eric Shaw, you might be interested to see his work come to life. Shaw recently collaborated with indie rock band Wild Nothing and director / animator Hayley Atkins on the video for their single A Dancing Shell. Furthermore, Eric Shaw also produced the limited edition packaging (pictured below) for the band’s Empty Estate ep, from which the track is taken. Discuss this artist here.

El Mac Designs New No Doubt Album Cover

No Doubt will be putting out their first new album in over 10 years, Push and Shove, and street artist El Mac has been tapped to design the cover. Lead Singer Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin have been fans of Miles’ work for a while and have his work in their collection, so it only seemed natural for them to contact him for the collaboration. After a photoshoot, the artist spent the next six weeks painting four separate acrylic wood panel portraits in his signature […]

Update: Kelsey Brookes

It looks like Kelsey Brookes has been working on a new body of work for Quint Contemporary Art in La Jolla, set to open in November. The upcoming series of paintings, drawing from the San Diego-based artist’s science background, will be inspired by structural diagrams of different neurotransmitters as well as the drugs that mimic them, both designer (i.e. xanex, prozac) and recreational (i.e. mescaline, LSD). And in other news, Brookes has been tapped to create covers for the Red Hot Chili Peppers as they get set to release 18 […]

Album Covers: Stalley x Patrick Martinez – “Savage Journey To The American Dream”

Continuing the line of art & music album cover collaborations created by artists who have graced the pages of AM in the past, here is a first look at the design of Stalley’s latest album Savage Journey To The American Dream. The  cover is created by artist Patrick Martinez (here & here) and consists of his signature neon works depicting a disjointed shining flag in front of a shattered painted portrait of the rapper. The piece is symbolic of the twisted and broken roads on […]

Kehinde Wiley Portrait of Santigold On New Album Cover

Take a look at this cover art for Santigold’s new album Master of My Make-Believe set to be released on May 1st. Along with her photographed conceptually as a Bond-girl and mafia Don, you can also see her painted as an army officer in the background by Kehinde Wiley. The signature stye in which the singer is rendered references 18th-century British artist Joshua Reynolds’s painting of Banastre Tarleton titled Portrait of an Officer, and is Wiley’s first painting of a woman ever. Check out the […]

Releases: ‘Untitled’ / Bon Iver album art by Gregory Euclide

If you previously have had the pleasure of seeing Minnesota artist Gregory Euclide’s work in person, then you will surely attest to what a immersive experience his multi-dimensional mixed media work can be. David B Smith Gallery, who represents his work in Denver, have just published a limited edition giclee print – titled Untitled. You may be wondering how one of Euclide’s works would translate into an essentially flat medium, but the original image was created with 2-dimensional representation in mind as it features as cover […]

Video: AJ Fosik x Mastodon

Have you ever wondered how AJ Fosik puts together one of his fantastic wood sculptures like the ones in this show last year in Denver? The video above which shows him putting together the piece seen on the new Mastodon album should satisfy some of the curious Fosik fans out there. For those in New York, look for a solo from the Portland-based artist at Jonathan LeVine Galley at the end of October. Take a look at the album cover after the jump…
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