For the 10th consecutive year, the globe has voted in the winners of The Best Art Vinyl Award, which recognises top contemporary design and art in music.
With 2015 sales of vinyl growing faster than any other music format, this unique annual snapshot further shows vinyl can still enrapture in the age of Spotify.
Tens of thousands of you voted. In the top spot is the rich design work and dramatic landscape photography for David Gilmour's Rattle that Lock. Second place belongs to Drenge’s Undertow, followed by Tame Impala’s Currents.
Among the 50 nominees chosen by music industry experts and previous winners were the albums of Blur, Kendrick Lamar and Leftfield. As well as a stark contrast in artist genere, the design disciplines behind covers ranged expansively from sculpture to fine art.
The 2014 number one spot was taken by Dan Hillier’s intricate illustration for the Royal Blood debut album, which was catapulted into our consciousness as fast as the music itself. Klaxons’ Surfing the Void and Thom Yorke’s The Eraser have also topped the winners’ podium in previous years.
This January, the winners of the Best Art Vinyl 2015 will tour in exhibitions in London, Scotland, Germany and Hungary. But, if you can’t wait, here are the winners, plus some of our favourite nominations.
Best album cover art 2015: winner
Art director Dave Stansbie, founder of The Creative Corporation, collaborated with Audrey Powell, who has designed for the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Trex. Rupert Truman, who provided the original photography, told FMS Magazine the team had to travel to North Wales to get the best shot.
Best album cover art 2015: 2
Donald Milne’s mysterious photo was shot in fading light, giving it a dangerous edge and revving up the intrigue.
Best album cover art 2015: 3
Robert Beatty’s tightly, digitally designed album cover is beautifully matched with Tame Impala’s flowing tunes - no surprise, then, that he also masterminded the design for the rock band’s single Eventually.
We've also picked our personal favourites of the nominees, kicking off with an album that was many music critic's favourite of the year.