Monday, July 25, 2016

Power, Corruption and Lies Album Cover



My wife and I just celebrated a significant birthday milestone (we're both July babies). I'm not saying which one, but for the small party we threw I put together a mix of music that was popular when we met, which meant a lot of New Wave music (you do the math).

Among the songs I downloaded was New Order's "Age of Consent" from their great LP Power, Corruption, and Lies. This brought me into contact with that record's terrific cover art. Designed by Peter Saville, it features a lush still life from the 19th century classicist painter Henri Fantin-Latour accented with a vertical band that distills the colors of the painting into a strip of minimalist geometrics. A perfect gesture, a simple juxtaposition.

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