has there ever been a more iconic but awkward fit than the breeders and 4ad/vaughan oliver aesthetics?
― linee, Monday, 8 April 2019 09:36 (eleven months ago) link
The worst was the Last Splash anniversary box set with awful new artwork.
Title TK's cover is fairly blah.
I appreciate that the artwork isn't too easy, but once the novelty faded i haven't been fond of how text/font heavy 4ad's artwork tends to be.
― Cow_Art, Monday, 8 April 2019 10:48 (eleven months ago) link
the whole 4ad thing is all very soft-focus, ethereal, sophisticated and british. lots of text and different typefaces like you say whereas i see the band and their music as being very dry, american, suburban and working class or something? even something vaguely contemporaneous like lush worked better with it as they were at least british and their aesthetic sound-lineage from things like the cocteau twins; the obvious analogue to the soft-focus aspect of the 4ad cover style.
i dunno, all those recent self-released kim deal singles have these really "designed", layered image-heavy assemblages on the covers too, so she clearly just likes that stuff and wasn't just stuck with the 4ad house style. just seems
in some ways it kind of works to differentiate them from their time. if all of their covers were standard '90s sebadoh/pavement/gbv-ish collages or that kind of naive anti-photo thing with some scrawled text on it they would blend in more maybe? the presentation being slightly at odds with the content has an interesting way of gilding it or framing it differently.
― linee, Monday, 8 April 2019 21:31 (eleven months ago) link
Good summer for this record
― surm, Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:26 (nine months ago) link
I'm in the mood for them to chuck out another album fairly speedily. Fucking love "All Nerve".
― djh, Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:10 (nine months ago) link
I played it yesterday!
― recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:02 (nine months ago) link
xxp This band has a remarkably ugly set of album covers, IMO
― Consider the coconut (morrisp), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:27 (nine months ago) link
The covers don’t suit the band’s sound for sure.
― bendy, Monday, 24 June 2019 02:57 (nine months ago) link
― the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 24 June 2019 03:01 (nine months ago) link
except in font/layout/design, definitely fits with the savagely precise music IMO
― Ambient Police (sleeve), Monday, 24 June 2019 03:11 (nine months ago) link
Walking With A Killer video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xBwXJkxlPI
― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:36 (five months ago) link
― Οὖτις, Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:56 (five months ago) link
Nice video but still getting used to the album version of this as opposed to the first 7" version which was so great.
― Hinklepicker, Thursday, 31 October 2019 18:28 (five months ago) link
They don't seem radically different?
― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 31 October 2019 19:32 (five months ago) link
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NtcXD3cefuA I mean obviously it's the same song but the original version seems more sure of itself to my ears but maybe that's just the one 'heard it first must be best' thing going on
― Hinklepicker, Thursday, 31 October 2019 19:59 (five months ago) link