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2015 Album Covers

dungen_cutStep right up, get yer 2,015 album covers right here at Music to Eat!  Well, we don’t really have that many covers, but let’s look back at a selection of covers from the last year.

There were a lot of interesting graphic design, photography, and illustration ideas manifesting themselves in the music world. At their best, they enhanced the music, and added another component to the overall package, enriching the listening experience. At their worst, well, we’ve tried to steer away from most of those (though a few may have snuck into this retrospective…we’ll let you decide which  fall into that unfortunate category).

To begin with, some covers proudly (blatantly?) echoed past covers by different artists.  That doesn’t necessarily make them “bad art”, as they’re still enjoyable (if a bit unoriginal in their execution). Two examples are Ryley Walker’s Primrose Green paired with Van Morrison’s 1970 His Band and the Street Choir and Meg Baird’s Don’t Weigh Down the Light paired with jazz saxophonist Sahib Shihab’s Summer Dawn, from 1964. (To be fair, a lot of artists did double exposure covers in 2015, but Walker’s seemed the most like a previous one to me.)

(click on all below covers to embiggen them)

walker-morrison
baird-sahib
Certain themes ran through some of the cover art of 2015~

Suspense and calm both work well in Silhouette:

The Eternal Sea (most evident in works released by the ECM label) haunted our dreams:

sea

And let’s not forget The Wild Frontier:
frontier
Or Psychedelic Patterns:
patterns
Speaking of patterns, Circles in the Sky were popular:
circular
As were Dusk and Night Skies:
dusknight1
dusknight2
Which leads us, naturally, into Cosmic Domains:
cosmic
And other Exotic Landscapes:
landscapes
Which may or may not be populated by Monsters & Robots:
monsters
The Spooky was well-represented (beware of women with no face):
spooky
Other portraits portrayed the subject’s Identity Crisis as well (though I guess Freedy knows who he is, he just had a bad experience with a faulty neon sign):
identity
Then again, we had some memorable Portraiture that harbored no secrets (duos and solos):
portraiture1

portraiture2
Diagrams helped us make sense of things (well, maybe not the one with the cats…)
diagrams
The Illustrated cover was popular in many forms and styles, often incorporating humor:
illustrated1
illustrated2
The low-key cassette revival featured two rustic, yet affecting, illustrations, on the Scissor Tail Editions label:
cassette
City Landscapes were mostly inviting:
city
And more City Scenes (these by photographer Fotimi Potamia, who’s definitely got a theme going here) highlighted a further selection of ECM Records releases:
ecm
Sometimes it was the Typography that really made the image:
typography
While others went for Saying it Simply (the irony of James McMurtry’s album title is not lost on us, and the apt choice of the horse hairstyle gracing the cover of the album by the appropriately named Widow’s Peak is clever as well):
simply
Closing things out, here’s a few covers worthy of display that are still floating around the Music To Eat headquarters, heretofore untethered to a theme:
leftovers

 

2,016 album covers are sure to fill 2016.

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One comment on “2015 Album Covers

  1. nicoleaugust
    January 9, 2016

    Like the psychedelic patterns !

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