Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Artistic beauty in music II

Here's the surprise sequel to essential original.

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The following may boggle eyes.

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Eleven Eleven
Mariachi El Bronx - Mariachi El Bronx (III)
Soulwax - Nite Versions
Ulver - Atgclvlsscap (Live)
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Unravelling
I the Mighty - Connector
Released several months after What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, Florasongs brings a medley of unreleased tracks from sessions that produced The Decemberists' album.

I suppose you need to cast a 'magic eye' to appreciate EP box art.

When eyes have readjusted, please continue.

Keane - Under the Iron Sea and MGMT - Congratualtions

The Great Wave off Kanagawa - Hokusai
Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night and The Snake Charmer - Henri Rousseau

Rage Against the Machine's Renegades parodies Robert Indiana's pop art Love.

Gentle Giant - Live At the Bicentennial 1976 and George Washington - Gilbert Stuart

Marillion - Fugazi and The Death of Marat - Jacques-Louis David

Badly Drawn Boy's The Hour of Bewilderbeast and Wednesday 13's Monsters of The Universe: Come Out and Plague poke fun at Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.

As a special bonus, it may have escaped attention that Vampire Weekend's video for Diane Young does a great job re-enacting the most famous painting in the world.

The Last Supper - Leonardo da Vinci
Funeral For a Friend's debut Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation was more than likely influenced by René Magritte's The Lovers.

Joni Mitchell's Turbulent Indigo amalgamates Van Gogh's Self-Portrait With Bandaged Ear and Starry Night.

Def Leppard effort Retroactive is nigh on identical to Charles Allan Gilbert's All Is Vanity.

Madonna's Celebration is a nod towards Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe.

Tenacious D and The Pick of Destiny refs Michelangelo's Creation of Adam.

Take a skeg at the following.

We Are Scientists - With Love and Squalor
Q-Tip - The Renaissance
Bowling For Soup - Let's Do It For Johnny!!
Longpigs - Mobile Home
Blitz Kids - The Good Youth
The Wombats - This Modern Glitch
Show of Hands - Beat About the Bush
Abbe May - Design Desire
Notice something?

Course yer' do.

Those in charge of cover design were surely aware of René Magritte's The Son of Man.
Amidst miscellany, I note the following on Electric Light Orchestra's Secret Messages.

Titian's Venus of Urbino (detail) and Alexandros of Antioch's Venus de Milo.
Let's sculpt.

Anatomical image 'Surgical Anatomy' lithograph - Joseph Maclise
Cherry Ghost - Herd Runners
Orpheus and Eurydice - Auguste Rodin
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Alpheus and Arethusa - Battista di Domenico Lorrenzi
Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail
The St John's Ambulance Bearers - Benjamin Clemens
The Jam - Setting Sons
The Sluggard - Frederic Lord Leighton
Django Django - Born under Saturn

The Nightmare - Henry Fuseli
Membranes - Dark Matter/Dark Energy
Front and back of The Avalanches' Since I Left You details The Sinking of USS President Lincoln on 31st May 1918 by Fred Dana Marsh.

Heathen was a strong return to form for the late and great David Bowie.

I'm unsure why, but paintings inside booklet are partially defaced.

Please admire kick-ass photography.

Christ and St. John with Angels - Peter Paul Rubens
Massacre of the Innocents - Guido Reni
Saint Mary Magdalene - Carlo Dolci
Madonna and Child with Six Angels - Duccio di Buoninsegna
Not content with taking the piss, the following took the fucking piss.

Some dude called Kii Arens assumed responsibility for cover art, layout and photography for Jonathan Wilson's Fanfare.
Stealing and separating the hands of Adam and God is outright blasphemy.
In stark contrast, The Kinks Present a Soap Opera.

Eliran Kantor's impressive scrawl for Soulfly's Archangel appears to have been [cough] 'inspired' by Raphael's St. Michael Vanquishing Satan.

Want more?


Thirteen Senses - Contact vs The Pleasure Principle (Portrait of Edward James) - René Magritte


Albeit in more glamorous fashion. Paloma Faith's 2014 album A Perfect Contradiction screws Caravaggio's masterpiece The Entombment of Christ.

Stay tuned for film's revenge, television and video games finally pushing start.

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