The Twilight Sad
The Twilight Sad
James Graham, Sebastien Schultz, Jonathan Docherty, Andy MacFarlane and Brendan Smith.
In their own words, The Twilight Sad are a Scottish band who enjoy making miserable music. In reality, they are far more than that. They make big, bold and dark songs that are direct and unapologetically honest.
Their own sleeves (designed by DLT who also works with the likes of Mogwai, C Duncan, and Fujiya & Miyagi) are distinct. Like their songs, they tell a story, offering a glimpse into the world of the music.
Forward asked the band to have a think about their most influential or favourite sleeves. With five members, now spread over three cities, that's only two each.
Here are their selections.
The Manic Street Preachers
The Holy Bible
'In my opinion an album's artwork should be challenging and have an insight into what you’re about to listen to'.
'I’m reminded of what an amazing talent he was, both as a songwriter and an artist'.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F# A# ∞
The compelling design of this record sleeve is not necessarily the outside (although the first 500 copies had an actual photograph hand-glued to the front cover), but what’s included on the inside that makes it so memorable.
The inner sleeve contains drawings and writings featuring post-apocalyptic, anti-government conspiracy inserts held within a Manila envelope – perfectly complementing the songs on the record. Upon finding the Canadian penny crushed by a train, you feel as though this could be the musical extension of The Anarchist Cookbook.
Man or Astro-man?
EEVIAC Operational Index and Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices
Touch and Go Records
I had heard previous EPs from Man or Astro-man? – and their label, Touch & Go Records, was certainly a staple of 90s indie in the US. That said, this album’s packaging ultimately convinced me to pick it up.
With the album’s peculiar name (paying homage to the first electronic computer) and an aesthetic that blends science fiction with surf rock, the sleeve design feels both analog + digital. The original pressings also included a sleeve with die-cut hole punches – mimicking the original punched cards used by IBM and others in the early stages of modern computing.
A Blaze In The Northern Sky
'The cover doesn't really present itself until you open it out. I don't want to give away any spoilers. It's a sight to behold'.
The imagery and layout of the first three Wire albums, and their singles, have been a big influence on the direction of our artwork. I like the amount of space on this cover, and the contrast of the flat-pink, painted flag on the black and white photograph, it really stands out in record shops.
Extended Play Two
Heaven or Las Vegas
'I love the thought of them messing around with different materials and lighting, waiting to see what developed, probably with little or no idea that they were about to contribute to one of Scotland’s most iconic albums'.