Album Art Chronicles

The concept of album art has always been purely functional. You know the artist, you know the album name, usually named after one of the songs in the album, the album list in in the back and done. However, these five album covers prove that the art is just as important for creating the feel of the music and what you are about to listen to.

Rushk – SawalSawal
Here’s why the album art is so good: it reflects the “found” music of the whole
album. Just like found art is created with a collage of objects, the random selection of bleeps, sound clips, telephone rings that links every
song is found art interpreted in sound. The dentures between a set of clamps is a found art sculpture that denotes that you are about to listen to something haunting and unforgettable.

Peeli PattiNoori – Peeli Patti Aur Raja Jani Ki Gol Dunya
The minimalistic, almost cartoon sketch of Noori’s second album convey’s the whimsy and youthful vibe that has always been a characteristic of Noori’s music. There is an Atlas holding the world on his shoulders vibe here but instead the two stick figures could be Ali Noor and Ali Hamza balancing the weight of expectations as they deliver their second album to the world.

Mooro – PehliPehli
The psychedelic cover art of Mooro’s first album indicates the colorful happiness that permeates in his songs. Musically, the songs are full of optimism like the catchy Ronay Laga or the existential-but-still-hopeful Mein Koun Houn. As far as picture-of-artist-in-the-cover approaches go, Mooro’s illustrated one is attention grabbing.

Meekal Hasan Band – Andholan
Mekaal Hasan BandThere is definitely a love for illutsrations in most of these album covers and MHB is no different. Their calligraphic take with the central motif being the circle shows the method in the madness like the breathless Maalkauns. The music rises and undulates much like the tentacles emanating from the center of the circle, combining the elements of earth, fire, air and water.

 

The D/A Method – The Great Disillusion
The D/A Method has recently broken out into the mainstream and they are

incredible. The card sleeve opens into an exquisitely illustrated three panels that are full of surreal illustrations. The three tv screens show what Pakistanis love most which is fashion, cricket and Bollywood but again it could also speak to the plastic and material nature of our world. And in the style of music albums of yore, there is a little booklet with song lyrics and more Francisco Goya-esque illustrations. A work of art just like their solo album.

[Written by Atiya Abbas; she will only talk to you in pop culture references, or so says her twitter bio.]

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