The Best Indie Album Covers Featuring Buildings


We’ve previously discussed how buildings have a cozy relationship with music, nabbing starring role in so many songs. Inspired by David Byrne’s recent TED talk, our friends over at Architizer have rounded up some of the most architecturally sound album covers of all time. Is it any surprise that our favorite example features a digitized “home” designed by Stefan Sagmeister for Everything that Happens Will Happen Today, the 2008 collaboration between the Talking Head and Brian Eno? (We’re also pretty partial to Wilco’s Yankee Foxtrot, which features Bertrand Goldberg’s real-life structure, Marina City.) After the jump, we’ve pulled together a few more indie additions for their list. Leave any albums we’ve missed in the comments.

Black Mountain – Old Fangs Cover Artist: Jeremy Schmidt

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) Cover Illustration: Emek

Fever Ray – Fever Ray Cover Illustration: Martin Ander

Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes Cover Artist: Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Hold Steady – Stay Positive Art Direction: Craig Finn, Tadd Kubler, and Christian Helms

No Age – Weirdo Rippers Cover Artist: Amanda Vietta

Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping Cover Illustration: David Barnes

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach Cover Illustration: J.C. Hewlett

Sufjan Stevens – Illinois Cover Artist: Divya Srinivasan

Vivian Girls – Vivian Girls Cover Illustration: Cassie Ramone