Sunday, December 13, 2009

What about the covers? - no.8

For 2009 - no.8 - Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream

In line with their pastiche styling and kitschy outfits, the cover gathers from so many places that it is useless to try and discern them. Awarded an Aria for cover art, the studio Debaser is the culprit of this album sleeve. According to the duo's label's website, the painting of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore that comprises the album artwork was based on the iconic movie posters for Indiana Jones and Star Wars. And here is what the Debaser team says:

So, as the rollercoaster that is ‘Empire Of The Sun’ gathers momentum, team Debaser have been hard at work illustrating and creating a veritable plethora of crazy new images. Trawling the minds of Nick & Luke has been enlightening, terrifying, hilarious and mind-bending.... usually all at once. But, geez, it’s a lot of fun. We’ve had our illustrations appear as double page and full page spreads in a number of illustrious international mags such as Dazed & Confused, NME, Spin, MixMag, UK Fly, Rolling Stone and a bunch of others. Hell, we’re even the profiled contributors in none other than Dazed & Confused. Check the photo – we look like a couple of thugs, so watch yourself. Keep up the Empire love, we wanna do some more drawings......

The photos of the inner sleeve are from here.

For the 00's - no.8 - Daft Punk - Discovery

The image on the cover keeps up with the "tradition" of the group using their logo in alternate forms on the covers of their albums. This time, it is in liquid, mercurial form, with a rainbow of colours underneath it as shadows of a disco floor ready to burst. The album art direction credits go to Daniel Vangarde (father of Thomas Bangalter, one of the two Daft Punk members, also credited for the art as his bandmate Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), Pedro Winter (their manager up to last year)and A-Lex, but most famously to Gildas Loaëc, longtime collaborator and founder of Kitsuné fashion and music label. Kumiko Izumiya and Alexandre Courtes (video director) did the logo design and contributed to the art of the album. Photography by Luis Sanchiz & Mitchell Feinberg.

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