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Cover Art By: New Music Graphics by Adrian Shaughnessy

Author: Colin | Published: 21/6/08

Adrian Shaughnessy seems to have pretty much cornered the market in books about music-related graphic design. Cover Art By: is his fourth following on from the Sampler trilogy. These are sadly now out of print, but well worth tracking down by the way. I bought a copy in what used to be Zwemmers on the Charing Cross Road on impulse last week (thereby spending approximately £6 more than if I’d ordered it from Amazon). I’m still gathering my thoughts about it, but in the meantime here’s Mark Fisher aka k-punk’s review in Frieze a couple of months back.

One blogger’s experience of a succession of music formats

Author: Colin | Published: 16/6/08
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Spiritualized – A&E

Author: Colin | Published: 15/6/08
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Artist: Spiritualized
Album: A&E
Label: Sanctuary Records
Year: 2008
Designer: Farrow/Spaceman
Type of music: Rock
Notes: I’m not a particular fan of Spiritualized, it’s not really my kind of music. So this one’s featured because the packaging is rather marvellous. The eery colour scheme is chillingly redolent of pharmaceutical care: sterilised, anonymous, corporate. The precision of the design echoes this, particularly the precisely calculated length of ribbon that protrudes from the book. Makes an enjoyable contrast to the music it precedes. Let’s see if I can get into it. Thanks to Is for the hand modelling :-)

Uninspired reissues

Author: Colin | Published: 10/6/08
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Here are a couple of reissues whose packaging is significantly less wonderful than the original. In a time of falling sales, you’d think more, rather than less, effort might be made on design…

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Monolake – Hongkong, which although remastered apparently offers one less track than the original. View the original (well, at least its spine – it’s the first on the left on the shelf!).

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Fennesz – Endless Summer. Though I generally like the design of Touch releases, I find this one really uninspired, perhaps the rest of the package is more interesting. View the brilliant, limited edition, Tina Frank original.

Scorch Trio – Brolt!

Author: Colin | Published: 8/6/08
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Artist: Scorch Trio
Album: Brolt!
Label: Rune Grammofon
Year: 2008
Designer: Kim Hiorthoy
Type of music: Scorching
Notes: The bold scale of this design is sheer pleasure to behold! Sincere thanks to Jim Johnstone and Ames and Gabes :-)

snd – 4,5,6

Author: Colin | Published: 7/6/08
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I’m featuring these three 12″s here in the news section because I don’t actually own a copy of them – they were a limited edition of 300. So these images are courtesy of the extremely useful Discogs.com. snd aren’t exactly prolific, but what they release is delightfully minimal, rigorous and elegant – aspects that are reflected in these gorgeous labels. The Blir CD (a snd alias released on Alva Noto) is also well worth hearing. Though I don’t have this, I will be doing a post on their debut CD, endearingly called makesnd cassette.

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