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Every year, Art Vinyl unveils a publicly-voted prize for best cover art of the year. Now 2018’s winner has just been revealed; the gloomy British rock and roll band Editors for their album Violence.

The raw, dirty-bodies-intertwined album cover was designed and photographed by long-time Editors collaborator Rahi Rezvari.

The raw but beautiful cover of  Editors’ Violence album, showing three bodies contorted and interwoven, has been voted by the people as the Best Art Vinyl of the Year for 2018.

Editor’s lead vocalist, Tom Smith said in response, “I think Rahi took inspiration from the theme of human connection running through the record. His image is as brutal as the title, it is ambiguous and it is beautiful.”

Poignantly, the album itself is a movement to rawness for a band that started with heavy post-punk in 2005.

The runners-up for the Vinyl Art award were the striking Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers in second place and Aphex Twin’s whacked-out Collapse EP in third place

Last year the prize was won by Run the Jewels for Run the Jewels 3, an image two gold hands facing each other, one making a gun and one making a fist.

Via Digital Arts Online.

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January 10, 2019