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TOP 5...Record Covers by Grayson Gilmour

Matthew Davis

This week sees the release of Grayson Gilmour's new album - 'Infinite Life!', the cover art of which features a fantastic drawing by Auckland illustrator Henrietta Harris.

And with pre-orders going well (only 30 left to reach the target) we are all hoping it will be transformed into a glorious 12" LP cover. Which got us thinking about other great album covers on vinyl LP, and asked Grayson to share five of his favourites...


Ever since my teens, when I bought an Op-Shop copy of Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene because of it's cover, I've been a sucker for LP sleeve art...

So, upon the imminent release of Infinite Life!, featuring artwork by the most excellent Henreitta Harris, here are a few LPs from my collection that continue to wow my eyes.

1. PATEA MAORI CLUB - Aku Raukura. Cover by ???

Maui of the future riding a robot waka... what's not to like!? Who drew this, and is there more work out there like it? 

2. TALL DWARFS - Slug Bucket. Cover by Chris Knox.

Hideous. Brilliant. Big fan of a lot of Chris Knox's album artwork but this one is definitely a favourite!
3. SOLOMON ILORI & HIS AFRO DRUM ENSEMBLE - African High Life. Cover by Reid Miles.

Blue Note LPs are some of the most aesthetically pleasing covers out there... photo, type, colour, layout, perfect. 

4. BECK - Midnite Vultures. Cover by Yamataka Eye.

Otherwise known as EYヨ, Yamataka Eye is a member of the Boredoms and does a lot of their art too...!
5. YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA - Self Titled. Cover by Lou Beach.

To me this cover not only looks, but sounds like YMO, oddly caught in some past-future tense of its own!

And in case you haven't seen Grayson's new cover....

Grayson Gilmour - Infinite Life!

Grayson is also on tour around NZ for the next month. The tour includes a mix of solo and band shows across six centres around the country from Auckland to Dunedin:

MAR.13 - DUNEDIN, CHICKS HOTEL, SOLO w/ Mavis Gary & Bad Sav
 

MAR.21 - WELLINGTON, PUPPIES, SOLO w/ Lontalius & Grace Aurelia

MAR.22 - WELLINGTON, PUPPIES, BAND w/ I.E. Crazy & Grace Aurelia

MAR.28 - WHANGANUI, SPACE MONSTER, SOLO w/ Gains, The Jefferys & HUFF 

MAR.29 - PALMERSTON NTH, STOMACH, SOLO w/ Gains, The Jefferys & HUFF

APR.04 - CHRISTCHURCH, DARKROOM, SOLO w/ Ryan Fisherman & Indi

APR.05 - CHRISTCHURCH, DARKROOM
, BAND w/ Oslo Accords

APR.11 - AUCKLAND, GOLDEN DAWN, SOLO w/ I.E. Crazy

APR.12 - AUCKLAND, GOLDEN DAWN
, BAND w/ Carb on Carb  



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