Being a shallow kind of guy, I’ve always been of the opinion that album artwork should be as good as the music. Sure, it’s ultimately about the music but beautiful artwork and packaging can create a mystique that makes me feel more attached or involved in the music.
A perfect example is the new Jan Driver album “Amatilda” recently released on Boysnoize Records (and recommended to all you freaks who like Mr Oizo or SebastiAn). The artwork has been done by Jan Stoewe and a piece for each album track (as well as audio) can be viewed on the Amatilda website.
The Herb Whisperer and I share several completely justifiable irrational fears: Phil Collins; buskers/street performers; and Experimental Music™. Luckily we beg to differ on a few important things in life – he despises eggplants, I despise marzipan.
I mention this because I’m currently recovering from tonsillitis and am off my chops on codeine + antibiotics + ibuprofen. It must be the drugs because I’m not normally into “art” music but this morning (thanks to Paul Morley) I was reacquainted with artist Martin Creed and his lovely new song “Thinking / Not Thinking”: