Monday, June 20, 2011

Most Amazing Vinyl Packaging Award goes to....

I have been waiting to get my hands on this little baby for some time. When I first saw the photo's of this online there was no question of if, but when it would be in my collection. Thanks to the champs down at Thornbury Records, they got one in once it had been released!

Explosions In the Sky's latest release 'Take Care, Take Care, Take Care' is nothing short of possibly being the greatest packaging an album has ever had the pleasure of being inside. 

Firstly a 36" x 36" double-sided foldout poster literally lays the ground work. The image on the top is above ground and of course the image underneath is... underground. The um double gatefold sleeve thingy that the double LP lives inside folds out to a be house!!! The artwork alone is just beautifully put together, then you have the design and construction, what else is included and of course the music... well actually, I couldn't tell you about that yet!  

The included download link for the MP3's didn't work... oh well, guess I have to get them the old fashioned way for the car... illegal download!

As well as the poster, double gatefold thingy (they actually call it a quadruple gatefold) and unusable download card, there is also a cool postcard, catalogue and the paper sleeves the LP's go in even look amazing. Printed up to look all old school and dirty. This Double LP is actually a 3 sided double with the fourth side laser etched with the timber floorboards on the printed sleeve. Just stunning.

Even without any music, the packaging alone is an extremely amazing and beautiful piece of art that deserves to be in every collection! If Explosions In The Sky's previous releases are anything to go by, the music will also blow your mind!

So what do they sound like? Well, I don't think I could write it any more hipster than Wikipedia...
"The band has garnered popularity beyond the post-rock scene for their cinematic, elaborately developed guitar work, narratively styled instrumentals, what they refer to as "cathartic mini-symphonies," and their enthusiastic and emotional live shows."

Seriously great band and absolutely insane packaging!!!

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