Forest Swords – Compassion, By the Cover

Here are the artists who are doing cover art right. This week’s By The Cover brings you the standout album art of the week. 


We’ve brought you the best (and brightest) visuals for album covers this week. There’s a lot of summer, a little spooky, and well… awesome covers.

San Cisco – The Water

San Cisco – The Water

San Cisco effectively communicates their music as, essentially, a soundtrack to be sitting next to a pool to. The color palette is bright without being obnoxious, and not perfectly drawn, giving it that indie vibe.

 

Sóley – Endless Summer

Sóley – Endless Summer

Sóley‘s album cover is a modern take on multimedia collage with a muted, cool color palette. Her music could be described similarly. The lines and profile are reminiscent of Feist’s album from a decade ago, but she seems to have made it her own. The imagery ties with her single released earlier this year, presenting a cohesive visual front.

 

Black Lips – Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?

Black Lips – Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?

Black Lips skipped the metaphor and went in for the kill. It works well with the title of the album, and implies a little bit of controlled chaos. The cover is dystopian and messy, which reflects their sound. It’s also a nice counter to the next album cover by Pond.

 

Pond – The Weather

Pond – The Weather

Consequence of Sound has reviewed this album and pretty much summed up the Truman Show cover: “Frontman and former Tame Impala touring member Nicholas Allbrook explained … The Weather seeks to shine a light on ‘all the dark things underneath the shimmering exterior of cranes, development, money, and white privilege.'”

Forest Swords – Compassion

Forest Swords – Compassion

Favorite cover of the week. It’s labored and minimalist, in a sense, but worth it. The color wash overlaid on greyscale is really unique.

Hoops – Routines

Hoops – Routines

Simple. Citrus-y. Looks authentically pressed. Reminds me of fruit at a summer picnic in the ’90s. Sounds like it too.

Juana Molina  – Halo

Juana Molina  – Halo

Juana Molina has a theatrical, eerie, creepy visual. It’s haunting but not in an obscene way.

Perfume Genius – No Shape

Perfume Genius – No Shape

Our lead designer Lisa summed it nicely, “The Perfume Genius cover has a really nice relationship with the artist’s message. It’s a little grotesque and left of center but also kind of tender. The video for the single follows the same visual language, and the album rules.”


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