Monday, January 8, 2007

Sound by Its Cover: Radio Moscow's Self-titled

By Nate Seltenrich
Mon, Jan 8, 2007 at 4:59 PM

Remember the glory days of album covers, when every record sleeve was a piece of art? No? That's okay ... it's a bit of a historical inaccuracy anyway. Really, have you flipped through the used record bins at Rasputin or Amoeba lately? Most of the covers are hideous! And the majority of the worst album covers of all time were released during the reign of vinyl. But for a time in the late '60s and early '70s, album art really did reach an artistic high, particularly through the work of bands like Yes, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix.

That's precisely the era that the cover for Radio Moscow's debut album, on Alive Records, seems to fit into: the dawn of psychedelic rock and the development of the record sleeve as a venue for psychedelic art. Amid the swirling greens, yellows, browns, oranges, and reds, an animated guitarist, bassist, and bass drum can be made out. Examining the drawing from different angles reveals different details. There's also a goat, a few birds, some flowers, and a building of some sort. Oh, and two girls, two faces, a pair of hands, and a night sky. Hope we're not missing anything. Bubbly "Radio Moscow" script rounds the cover off with a thouroughly '60s touch. Nicely done. Now, we wonder what it sounds like ...

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