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David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock wins Best Art Vinyl 2015

Published 08/01/2016

The album cover for David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock (Memory Box/PA)
The album cover for David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock (Memory Box/PA)
The artwork from David Gilmour's fourth solo album Rattle That Lock has won an award

David Gilmour's fourth solo album Rattle That Lock has secured the title of Best Art Vinyl 2015 for its striking bird-themed cover.

The Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist's artwork was selected from 50 entrants in the annual awards that celebrate the best art, photography and graphic design in modern music culture, chosen this year by Best Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps and the award winners from the past eight years.

English alt-rock band Drenge's album Undertow came second and Currents by Australian rock band Tame Impala took third place.

Gilmour reunited with Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis design studio, who created album covers for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and T Rex from the late 1960s to 1980s, on the artwork that sees various birds escaping from a cage set against a British landscape.

The cover was art directed by Dave Stansbie from The Creative Corporation.

As the award enters its 10th year, founder Mr Heeps said: "This is the first year such an established artist's record has won Best Art Vinyl, but notably the design team have historically been responsible for so many iconic sleeve designs and their talent and creativity to match the musicians' wishes clearly shone through.

"It's interesting that two of the top three are conceptual compositions, using photography as the core of the design and all three use digital design skills to great effect, showing that designers are using all tools available to them throughout the creative process.

"We believe this is a unique art prize that really taps into popular culture, as the created artwork is used to not just sell the product but to enhance the listeners' overall experience."

Previous winners have included Surfing The Void by Klaxons with an image of a cat in a spacesuit, Thom Yorke's King Canute-inspired cover for The Eraser from regular Radiohead contributor Stanley Donwood, and work from the 16th-century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel on the first LP by Fleet Foxes.

Vinyl has seen a resurgence in recent years, experiencing a 20-year high and rising in sales in the UK in 2014 and becoming the fastest growing music format in the US last year.

The winners of the Best Art Vinyl 2015 award will feature in exhibitions in London, Scotland, Italy, Germany and Hungary from January.

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