Downloaded music through services such as iTunes was supposed to start the final countdown to the demise of the album cover as an art form, but a new poll from Art Vinyl shows that the form is very much alive and kicking.
Art Vinyl sells framed albums as artworks to hang on your wall. For the past six years, the company has released a list of the best works, voted for by visitors to the company’s site. The winning design for 2010 is Klaxons’ Surfing The Void (below), which features a b3ta-style cat in a spacesuit. It was created by designer Richard Robinson and retoucher Gareth Pritchard.
The second place gong went to Matthew Cooper and Jason Evans for Caribou’s Swim (above). The sleeve’s mix of flowery photography and geometry perfectly sums up Caribou’s warmly organic electronic sound.
Pablo Cahn/Cesar Merveille’s Split EP (above) took the third prize. The abstract design for relatively unknown dance act was created in-house at label Cadenza by Amelie Nicolet. Fredrik Söderberg’s retro design for Junip’s Fields (below) came fourth, with Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs – designed by Caroline Robert – in fifth place.
The top 10 is rounded out by LPs by Goldfrapp, MGMT, Edwyn Collins, Scissor Sisters and Flying Lotus (in order below).
Below are a few of our favourites that didn't make the top 10 cut, from Delphic, Devo, Four Tet, the Chemical Brothers and The Sword.