Friday, December 7, 2012
Odd artwork on St. Vincent and David Byrne’s Love This Giant up for Grammy
See the other nominees below.
We mentioned on Thursday that Kelly Clarkson is nominated for Grammy record of the year and that Cedar Hill gospel singer Fred Hammond got a nom for gospel song of the year, but we left this little local gem out: The new album from David Byrne and St. Vincent called Love This Giant is up for Best Recording Package.
What does Best Recording Package mean? It's Grammy-speak for "cool album cover." The award is presented to the art director and not to the artist, and this year's winner will be announced February 10.
Here are the nominees:
- Biophilia by Björk: Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art directors
- Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes: Brett Kilroe, art director
- Charmer by Aimee Mann: Gail Marowitz, art director
- Love This Giant by David Byrne & St. Vincent: Noah Wall, art director
- Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors: David Longstreth, art director
We're rooting for Love This Giant, of course, in part because St. Vincent is from Dallas, and also because we loved that giant. The album cover shows Clark's face stretched while Byrne's chin has a cleft -- a puzzling photo for the odd pairing. Says Prefix, "As the album’s artwork suggests, this is a work that may cause a double- or triple-take. At first glance, the art is seemingly domestic — a portrait of Clark and Byrne. But look closer and you see pieces of flesh jutting out of the beautiful woman’s face and an enriched cleft in the handsome man’s chin. It’s jarring and uncomfortable, but it’s also magnificent and stunning, as is the record’s contents."