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 (four months ago) link
Good summer for this record
― surm, Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:26 (two 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 (two months ago) link
I played it yesterday!
― recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:02 (two 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 (two months ago) link
The covers don’t suit the band’s sound for sure.
― bendy, Monday, 24 June 2019 02:57 (two months ago) link
― the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 24 June 2019 03:01 (two 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 (two months ago) link