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Album Art of 2015
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In today's age of digital music, I wonder how often the album artwork is considered a by-product of the actual release? For me, I need the artwork, even if it's just a bunch of pixels on a computer screen! Having lived through vinyl, cassette tapes and CDs to finally (and grudgingly) accept that my ongoing future collection will no longer be physical products, but instead just a bunch of 1s and 0s on a hard disc, the importance of the cover art has only increased.

So often the artwork is a vital part of an album's concept, helping to consolidate an idea, like the portrait of Corey Arcane on Kangding Ray's recent album. Perhaps the resurgence of vinyl and cassette sales in recent years has been bolstered by diehard, music loving stalwarts, pursuing the real, tangible product, complete with glorious artwork, liner notes, lyrics and photos?

Long live the album cover!

In celebration, I've put together a few of the releases I found particularly arresting or memorable in 2015.

8 Years Fachwerk

8 Years Fachwerk

Dawn Mok - Eternal Love

Dawn Mok - Eternal Love

Ipman - Depatterning

Ipman - Depatterning

Pittsburgh Track Authority - Your Situation

Pittsburgh Track Authority - Your Situation

Kangding Ray - Cory Arcane

Kangding Ray - Cory Arcane

Rival Consoles - Howl

Rival Consoles - Howl

Helena Hauff - Discreet Desires

Helena Hauff - Discreet Desires

Lee Bannon - Pattern of Excel

Lee Bannon - Pattern of Excel

Slam Present Transmissions: Glasgow

Slam Present : Transmissions Glasgow

FABRICLIVE 81: Monki

FABRICLIVE 81: Monki

Surgeon / Blawan / Various - Tiptop Audio Presents: Various Artists 001

Surgeon Blawan - Tiptop Audio Presents: Various Artists 001

D5 - Sides of Space

D5 - Sides of Space

Venetian Snares - Your Face

Venetian Snares - Your Face

Four Tet - Morning / Evening

Four Tet - Morning / Evening

Emily Hall - Folie à Deux

Emily Hall - Folie Deux

Post Scriptum - Post Scriptum 01

Post Scriptum - Post Scriptum 01

Mark Fell & Gabor Lazar - The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making

Mark Fell & Gabor Lazar - The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making

Cate - Heavy Breathing

Cate - Heavy Breathing

House Shoes - House Shoes Presents: The Gift: Volume Seven

House Shoes - House Shoes Presents: The Gift: Volume Seven

Mariah - Utakata No Hibi

Mariah - Utakata No Hibi

Volte-Face - Charlatan EP

Volte-Face - Charlatan EP

Valet - Nature

Valet - Nature

Martyn - Block the Box

Martyn - Block the Box

Consumer Electronics - Repetition Reinforcement

Consumer Electronics - Repetition Reinforcement

Linkwood - Expressions

Linkwood - Expressions

Bjork - Vulnicura

Bjork - Vulnicura

Legowelt - Anaconda Flow

Legowelt - Anaconda Flow

Various Artists - Sherwood At The Controls: Volume 1 1979 - 1984

Various Artists - Sherwood At The Controls: Volume 1 1979 - 1984

Lapalux - Lustmore

Lapalux - Lustmore

Hedge Maze - Dysania

Hedge Maze - Dysania

Dylan Stark - Heartland

Dylan Stark - Heartland

Policy - The Republic

Policy - The Republic

Although not unique to 100% Silk I particularly liked this opened-cassette-inlay-cover-style presention which should be used for all release types, not just cassettes.

Vril - Portal

Vril - Portal

Frank Bretschneider - Isolation

Frank Bretschneider - Isolation

Kamasi Washington - The Epic

Kamasi Washington - The Epic

The Black Dog - Neither / Neither

The Black Dog - Neither / Neither

Various - I Have A Question

Various - I Have A Question

On a related note, it was good to see the recent article Top 10 Record Sleeve Designers on DJ Broadcast, helping to highlight the increasingly overlooked art of the album cover.

Album Art of 2015

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