Saturday, October 10, 2009

GUMSHOE GROVE on The Unit Breed

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Style Points #1: The Unit Breed

I'm starting a new Gumshoe series, Style Points, to spotlight the amaaaaaazin' album art being disseminated by the indie scene of late. Perhaps buoyed by the proliferation of downloading and file sharing, bands are putting more emphasis on Album Art as an entity in itself.

A good example is the plentiful slabs of colored wax, but it goes beyond that. We're talking hardcover art books, hand-bound; we're talking paper fortune tellers and multimedia.

The Unit Breed are the first entry in my new series because they sent me this spectacular piece of wax after I'd already reviewed their fine album, Always Distance the Lonely . In addition to the wax, The UB include a glossy, full-color art book (shown above) with lyrics and enchanting images.

THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE. Style points, bitch, and an extra oomph given because both sides of the wax are different colors. I'm not going to blab a ton about this; the images, colors and patterns speak for themselves.

Stay tuned for The Lava Children, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Yes! Collapse/Mastema, Burial, Mono, Old Man Gloom and many more.
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