Art styles and genres galore in our second cover art entry of the new year.
Words by Luis (@heaviestofart):
Album covers spanned all ends of the artistic spectrum in February, ranging from obscure ink works to apocalyptic foreshadowing and Japanese photo productions. Beyond the means of their conception, the subject matter spread across the month's selections was profoundly expanded upon in ways that speak for the contemporary strengths of the visual side of music.
Kicking us off is a black and white scene of vultures dismembering a RoboCop-esque protagonist amidst lightning skies for Gregorio Franco's Lamentations, serving as a testament to the talent of artist Andrew Delgado. Continuing down that bleak color scheme is Mayah Kurhuli for Meslamtaea's Weemoedsklanken and Marald van Haasteren for Gospel of the Future's Blowtorch Mankind – each of which received their own respective Behind the Cover features that detail the inner workings of the cover's development process and striking imagery. Jumping over into more animated palettes, Cinta Vidal for Tears For Fears' The Tipping Point makes for a wonderful match between the legendary duo and the perplexing painter, offering much to the viewer's imagination. The acclaimed Andrew Thomas Huang joins forces with Sasami's multi-faceted Squeeze and breathes life into the Japanese folk tale of the Nure-onna (wet woman), a vampyric deity with the head of a woman and the body of a snake. Philistine DSGN takes the melancholic route and provides a soothing visual of a woman overlooking an inspiring coast as the sun gloomy shines in the distance, all to fit the wondrous atmospheres of Deserta's Every Moment, Everything You Need. Denis Forkas' mystical prowess takes center stage on Lunar Tombfields' The Eternal Harvest, which employs a 2017 miniature decorative motif by Forkas himself. Jon Ojibway then towers over viewers with a glowing monolith that overlooks a wandering explorer inside a cave for Persefone's standout new album, metanoia. Naila Aroni's beautiful artistry was cut and stitched together by SA Recordings' own Aspa Founti to reimagine Michelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam' for a modern era that becomes one with Nyokabi Kariuki's Peace Places: Kenyan Memories. Tom Roberts comes together with Eight Bells for their crushing new blackened doom effort Legacy of Ruin and masterfully layers a world within a world. We can write extensive features for each, but we rather your build your own narrative as you scroll through and gaze at what we've collected for you here today.
Here are the best album covers of February 2022:
Gregorio Franco - Lamentations (Alex Delgado) | Listen
Sasami - Squeeze (Andrew Thomas Huang) | Listen
Deserta - Every Moment, Everything You Need (Philistine DSGN) | Listen
Meslamtaea - Weemoedsklanken (Maya Kurhuli) | Listen
Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point (Cinta Vidal) | Listen
Eight Bells - Legacy of Ruin (Tom Roberts) | Listen
Nyokabi Kariũki - Peace Places: Kenyan Memories EP (Naila Aroni, Aspa Founti) | Listen
Gospel of the Future - Blowtorch Mankind (Marald van Haasteren) | Listen
Persefone - metanoia (Jon Ojibway) | Listen
Lunar Tombfields - The Eternal Harvest (Denis Forkas) | Listen
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