Best Album Cover
VHS, Fury Things
What started out as a playful design meant to accompany a cassette-only release eventually blossomed into one of the most striking album covers in recent memory. The layout for Fury Things' debut full-length, VHS, is both an homage to the classic, streamlined packaging of ancient videocassettes, as well as a modern spin on the audio recording tape boxes of yesteryear. The cheeky album title completes the throwback concept, but the feisty songs contained on the record are decisively modern and pulse with a contemporary urgency. Ultimately, it is the clean and clever album art created by guitarist/singer Kyle Werstein that gets your attention first, catching your eye before the bristling garage-rock sound of Fury Things ever hits your eardrums. And in the digital age, where album art isn't valued nearly as much as it was during vinyl's heyday, it's gratifying to see a cover that stands out.