Record sleeve of the year

It’s almost time for the musical round-up posts of the year, especially since I will be away for the last few weeks of the year. But let me start by saying that I think this is the best LP cover I’ve seen this year, when most of the best records have visually ranged from generic to hideous (C.M. Ruiz’s efforts aside). This record is the first vinyl reissue of The June Brides’ material, and the selection was made by the label Social Music. It’s a small pressing, and the artwork was done by one Gregg Einhorn, Yeti collaborator and perhaps most well known for his design of award-winning erotic books. Looking at his other work, this design seems like a freak of genius on a completely different level. Such a simple idea, and so well executed. This is the back cover. I only found this the other week, and if I hadn’t, I would’ve been hard pressed to choose a favourite from the past year. Other sleeves that deserve mention are Testbild!’s Barrikad, and Christmas’ self-titled debut.

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