The music business may be mainly about downloads these days, but a decent album cover design remains vital to the success of a new release, and a recent revival in vinyl has guaranteed a future for the discipline. Every week, we'll be picking our favourite new album artwork, and today, we take a look at 'A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears (opens in new tab)' from Oliver Wilde (opens in new tab).
Released on independent Bristol-based label Howling Owl records (opens in new tab), the design was crafted by local artist Robin Stewart (opens in new tab), with a beautifully surreal screen print included designed by James Hankins (opens in new tab). Illustrator and Howling Owl member Adrian Dutt (opens in new tab) also helped to position the typography on the cover art.
The collaborative artwork is a hugely local affair, with all contributors based in Bristol and part of the city's buzzing music scene. Dutt has also illustrated a range of posters and cassette artwork to coincide with the album's release. Pressed on white vinyl, this provides the perfect finishing touch.
See more inspiring album artwork over on the Howling Owl (opens in new tab) website.
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