Arriving whilst we were dealing with our site being hacked, was the good news that the excellent cover of David Gilmour's most recent album Rattle That Lock, released in September, won the Best Art Vinyl 2015 award.
Rattle That Lock took first place, beating Drenge's Undertow which came second, and Tame Impala's Currents was third. Chosen from 50 records nominated by a panel of highly respected music design experts and previous Best Art Vinyl Award winners, the covers demonstrate a complete range of creative disciplines, including traditional fine art, photography, sculpture and computer graphics.
The concept and production for David's cover was created by The Creative Corporation, art directed by Dave Stansbie in collaboration with Aubrey 'Po' Powell from the legendary Hipgnosis design studio.
David Gilmour said: "I am thrilled that the artwork to Rattle That Lock has received the ArtVinyl award. I'd like to offer my congratulations and thanks to Dave Stansbie and the team at The Creative Corporation for the brilliant work that they have done for me. It's a thrill to see vinyl making a comeback and the return of the opportunities that the larger format offers. Thanks again".
Best Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps explained, "This is the first year such an established artist's record has won Best Art Vinyl, but notably the design team have historically been responsible for so many iconic sleeve designs and their talent and creativity to match the musicians' wishes clearly shone through. It's interesting that two of the top three are conceptual compositions, using photography as the core of the design and all three use digital design skills to great effect, showing that designers are using all tools available to them throughout the creative process. We believe this is a unique art prize that really taps into popular culture, as the created artwork is used to not just sell the product but to enhance the listeners' overall experience."
Our congratulations to all involved in the creation of the cover image.