Thursday, 15 January 2015

Art of the Cover - Jenny Lewis' "The Voyager" (2014)







Jenny shows off her mad new jacket - and mad necklace - on the cover to The Voyager.

Somewhat akin to the cover to Kurt Vile's 2013 masterpiece Wakin on a Pretty Daze. the artwork here was actually made into a mural..

The video for the LP's lead single “She’s Not Me” is a time-lapse of the painting of a mural of the album art for The Voyager on the side of Amoeba Music in Hollywood. It shows the whole process and all the effort that goes into it.

Everything is shot in black and white except for the artists and the mural, which allows the color to stand out brilliantly when the finished product is displayed at the end. Jenny Lewis even shows up during the process and takes a picture with the mural.





Yap, it's  "The Voyager"   - the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman's third solo album and first in six years, following 2006's Rabbit Fur Coat (with The Watson Twins) and 2008's Acid Tongue.

 The Voyager is Lewis's most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley.

The album's rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams (who, alongside Mike Viola, produced all but three of the tracks), Beck, and Lewis' longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice.


The Voyager finds the always relatable songwriter at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent experiences with honesty and incisiveness.







Tracklisting


1. "Head Underwater" 4:08
2. "She's Not Me" 4:09
3. "Just One of the Guys" 3:51
4. "Slippery Slopes" 3:38
5. "Late Bloomer" 5:13
6. "You Can't Outrun 'Em" 3:30
7. "The New You" 3:27
8. "Aloha & the Three Johns" 4:04
9. "Love U Forever" 4:28
10. "The Voyager" 3:30


















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