The Greatest Album Art of 2014 So Far

By Ruben de la Huerga

In constructing a reserve of 2014 music on Spotify this year, I realized that this playlist was going to be just as much of an interest to me visually as it was aurally. In fact, though I will never be able to listen to all of the music on it, I just now went through every art piece on there with ease to compile this very list. Hope y’all enjoy it, it’s looking to be a great year for album art. Let’s hope the music does its art justice, because I haven’t listened to half of the things I’m showcasing. I’ll provide a video recommendation for the scant few I do know!

Vote for your favorite here

Abbadon Incarnate – Pessimist

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Actress – Ghettoville

(Art of the Year)

Ambarchi / O’Malley / Dunn – Shade Themes from Kairos

(Art of the Year)

Amen Dunes – Love

Andrew Ashong – EP

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Animals as Leaders – The Joy of Motion

Anne Waldman – Jaguar Harmonics

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Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation

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Autistici – Attaching Softness

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Behemoth – The Satanist

(Art of the Year)

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Boozoo Bajou – 4

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Bryce Dessner & Jonny Greenwood – St. Carolyn

Carla Bozulich – Boy

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Castle – Under Siege

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Chihei Hatakeyama & Hakobune – It Is, Isn’t It?

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Craig Leon – Early Electronic Works

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Cremation Lily – Fires Frame the Silhouette

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Current 93 – I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell

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D. Tiffany – Self Titled

>>Notice the Jesus figure!

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Dahga Bloom – No Curtains

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Daglish – Niaiw Ot Vile

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Dead Fader – Blood Forest

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Die Antwoord – Donker Mag

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Downy – No Title Remixes

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DVA – Nipomo

East India Youth – TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER

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Farben & James Din A4 – Self Titled

(Art of the Year)

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Fire! Orchestra – Enter

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Floating Points – King Bromeliad

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The Gloaming – Self Titled

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Gnarwolves – The Chronicles of Gnarnia

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Grenier – Grenier Meet Archie Pelago

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GusGus – Mexico

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Have a Nice Life – The Unnatural World

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Ha-Yang Kim – Threadsuns

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Henry Saiz – It’s Not Over

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Huoratron – Acid Reign

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Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse

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Japanther – Instant Money Magic

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Jeremy Messersmith – Heart Murmurs

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Joakim – Tropics of Love

(Art of the Year)

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John Adams – The Gospel According to the Other Mary

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John Chantler – Even Clean Hands Damage the Work

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The John Lurie National Orchestra – The Invention of Animals

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Kassel Jaeger – Toxic Cosmopolitanism (Both Sides)

(Art of the Year)

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Kemialliset Ystavat – Alas Ratoisaa Virtaa

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Kit – Lownt God Rising

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Kyary Kyary Pamyu – Yumeno Hajima Ring Ring

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Lewis – L’Amour

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Liars – Mess

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Lone – Reality Testing

Lord Skywave – Cardamom Copy

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Machinedrum – Fenris District

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Magic Fades & Soul Ipsum – Zirconia Reign

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Manes – Teeth, Toes & Other Trinkets

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Mariah Carey – Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse

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Mastodon – Once More ‘ Round the Sun

(Art of the Year)

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Mehliana – Taming the Dragon

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Mike Weis – Don’t Know, Just Walk

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Mujuice – Metamorphosis

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The Nels Cline Singers – Macroscope

Ninos Du Brasil – Novos Misterios

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Northaunt & Svantsinn – The Borrowed World

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Noxagt – Brutage

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Olan Mill – Seismology

(Art of the Year)

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Oneohtrix Point Never – Commissions

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OOIOO – Gamel

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Pat Metheny Unity Group – Kin

Patten – Estoile Naiant

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Peter Matthew Bauer – Liberation!

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Phil Western – Longform

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Philipp Priebe – The Being of the Beautiful

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The Procussions – Self Titles

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Protomartyr – Under Colour of Official Right

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Quilt – Held in Splendor

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Robots Don’t Sleep – Mirror

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Roll the Dice – Until Silence

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Rustie – Raptor

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Seirom – And the Light Swallowed Everything

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Sense – Still Life

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Slava – Comma Sutra

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Squarepusher x Z-Machines – Music for Robots

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Sun Kil Moon – Benji

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Swans – To Be Kind

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Tinariwen – Emmaar

Twilight – III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb

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Valerio Tricoli – Miseri Lares

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VHS Head – Persistence of Vision

Best of the Year

Coming in at the best of the year so far for me is VHS Head’s Persistence of Vision. Though its wild exaggeration and off-putting coloring certainly makes for quite an introduction, it has been the piece of artwork I can’t get out of my head this year. Looking forward to listening to the record. Created by Michael England

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White Suns – Totem

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Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestite     (So excited!!!)

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Young Fathers – Dead

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Zelooperz – Help       (Also my rap album of the year)

 

Justin Bieber – Journals

WORST ART OF THE YEAR

Nothing makes me more indifferent than the hollow emptiness of this cover. Though the single artworks work well enough on their own, but when haphazardly compiled together as they are they do very little. Here’s hoping this very list doesn’t succumb to the same flaw!

As a side note, it’s quite a shame that this record doesn’t have a good cover, because the music itself is pretty fun, being Justin Bieber’s spinoff on The Weeknd.

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