Vote ‘Rattle That Lock’

Rattle That Lock is one of 50 nominated album sleeves up for this year’s Best Art Vinyl Award. Just in case you wanted to vote, that is – hint, hint.

Created by Dave Stansbie from The Creative Corporation under the directorship of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, the photograph itself is by Rupert Truman of StormStudios.

Last year’s winner was Royal Blood’s eponymous debut (by Dan Hillier), which pipped FKA Twigs’ LP1 (by Jesse Kanda) and Singles by Future Islands (by Kymia Nawabi) to the top spot.

The year before, White Lies’ Big TV (by Michael Kagan) was the favourite, beating Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip’s Repent Replenish Repeat (by Paul Jackson) and Bonobo’s North Borders (by Leif Podhajsky).

Voting is now open – you can vote here – and the winners will be announced in January. There will then be an exhibition of the shortlisted entries.

You can vote for three album covers in all, so I have to ask: which are your other two favourites? I think I’ll go for Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’s Wisdom, Laughter and Lines, which features a beautiful painting by David Storey, as well as Heirs’ extremely mellow, thought-provoking And So I Watch You From Afar, by Sonny Kay.

Hands up who has also just added some of those very cool LP frames to their Christmas Presents List…

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

49 thoughts on “Vote ‘Rattle That Lock’”

  1. I’ve always had a love/hate relation to vinyl albums. I loved the size of the covers, especially when folded but I hated the mechanical issues when listening to the records. I’d always buy 2 of a kind and transfer one to tape while the other one was kept sealed, just in case…

    How bitter it was when I realised that the move to Compact Discs just reversed my problem: no mechanical issues (unless you broke them) and endlessly listening to the original but no cover art anymore (CD covers are for ants, I always think).

    One would think that the solution is to buy both, the vinyl and CD, but that’s wasting of resources (mine and the world’s), IMHO.

    Still some of the covers I find interesting and I’ll vote for David’s and the both upper corners from the tweet below…

  2. I am into a folk singer called Sand Snowman. He also creates his own sleeves. So I will nominate his Sleepers Hide and Seek album. Such an incredible sleeve.

    My other choice would be for the Steven Wilson album Hand Cannot Erase. The whole package that album comes in is so impressive.

    1. No need to duck, my friend, that’s fair enough.

      Of David’s solo sleeves, which do you like more?

      1. June did end up marrying Marc.

        ‘After your job’……………I don’t think so. There’s only one Fed……….I think.

  3. Just voted:

    – David’s ‘Rattle That Lock’ of course.

    and two others that I don’t like at all, to give David more chances to win. Shhh… 😉

    – Everything Everything’s ‘Get To Heaven’
    – Squeeze’s ‘Cradle To The Grave’

    If not, my two other favourites would have been ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ and Joanna Newsom’s ‘Divers’.

    Oh and while we’re at it (cheating, I mean 😉 ), it seems that we can vote as many times as we want.

  4. Check out the front and then back of Pat Travers “Putting It Straight”…brill sleeve.

  5. Already voted, more than one time. 🙂 RTL can win, none of the other covers impressed me.

  6. looks like i’m gonna have to get my facebook friends to vote here. fed, can you provide a link i can share with them?


      1. Thanks Fed, sorted.


        P.S. I only have 2 friends and one of them is my dog, LOL.

  7. I voted for David’s, of course. But it stated that there is a problem with the postcode so I was unable to submit…

    Would it be unable to submit because the postcode (I put in my zip code) is different amount of numbers, therefore, unable to process it?

      1. You can vote if you’re outside the UK. I entered a French postcode (of my commune in France) and it worked.

          1. Thank you Pavlov for letting me know that it worked for you from the US. I did get my vote in too.

      2. Hey FEd. I was able to cast my vote today.

        The area that said postcode last night now says postcode/zip. Perhaps they were able to acknowledge my efforts to submit with a zip code. Add it to the long list of things that I will never know why…

        What counts, though, is that I was able to cast my vote.

        Of course, “Rattle That Lock” is the #1!!! My second choice is “And So I Watch You From Afar – Heirs”. The third being “Tame-Impala – Currents”.

        Take Care, Suzy

  8. I have my vote in from Canada. Should work. Good Luck All. I chose And So I Watch also FEd. 🙂

    I’m keeping mum on David’s Tour like a child patiently awaiting to open a present on Xmas Day.

    Let us say hi to a Veteran on Remembrance Day. Lest We Forget.

    1. Lest We Forget.

      Did you know that the Battle of Passchendaele, or Third Battle of Ypres, ended on this day in 1917? It claimed some 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German casualties over the three months they fought, in blood and mud, over that Belgian village.

      I won’t forget that so many of those Allied casualties were Canadian.

  9. I voted for Rattle That Lock then for images I liked the look of. I don’t know who the musicians are. I had a quick look on twitter and Fed’s links but couldn’t find out who they were, no matter it’s about the art. 🙂

    I liked the one with the image of a man with several hands climbing up his chest, it’s sort of lilac and purple on an orange to red background. I thought it was quite an original piece of art.

    I’m afraid everything else seemed a bit commercial or seen it before or lazy or just didn’t grab me.

    The only other one I nominated, more because I had to choose one than because I thought it was wonderful but I liked it, was the black and white one of a woman’s head with (maybe?) snakes standing on end where her hair should be. I feel like that sometimes. 😀


  10. I remember learning about the Battle of Passchendaele. The thought of all the blood shed is disturbing as it is in any war.

    Later in my life I worked with a man that was a young child young when that war took place.

    Scars of war last a life time.

    Take Care, Suzy.

  11. Have you ever had that feeling something’s out to get you? Last night had a puncture, no spare tyre just one of them kits that welds the tyre – job done. On the way home, M6, the tyre blows out. Managed to get on to the hard shoulder. Sat on the hard shoulder away from the car for 2 hours, middle of Cumbria, 8.00 at night. Then tonight again, slip road M6, old peeps decides to cut across, nearly goes into me. Floyd was oblivious, snoring away in the back. Think I may get the bus or may learn to fly.

    Sorry I know off topic but I was playing Floyd at the time.


  12. Duly noted and done. I love the cover. I am a bird enthusiast and – of course – corvids are rich in mythology. Omens of bad tidings, messengers from the Gods, tricksters, symbols of transformation…like Rorschachs on wings. In the Talmud, ravens are credited with teaching mankind how to deal with death.

    Resonates a bit, doesn’t it?

    1. Now that’s a very difficult one. I thought this was bad enough (and might have to blog about it tomorrow):

      The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One

      Two hours of Beatles debate on TV on Wednesday night, repeated on Sunday afternoon, sounds good to me.

      Without giving it too much thought, and if I could choose any rather than one of the many listed, I’ll go for…

      Bob Dylan (it has to be Bob) – A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall

      As I have to choose one from the list, it has to be ‘Wish You Were Here’. But with so many of my favourite songs listed, it really would be easier to choose the one I like least.

      And for The Beatles: ‘Yesterday’. No, ‘Help!’ ‘She Loves You’. Maybe ‘All You Need Is Love’. No, can’t do it. Can you?

    2. Arbitrary as it no doubt is, I have a particular liking for “Working Class Hero” by John Lennon and “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley – if you’ve ever heard the latter played at the funeral of a 19 year old you may find it stays with you.

  13. Just voted…I’m very busy in these days, thanks God, catch up soon!

    Have a great weekend everyone, ciao FEd!


  14. Just voted David, hope that RTL album sleeve could win (his artwork really overcomes the other ones).

    Cheers. 😉

  15. Just voted for Rattle That Lock, of course.

    The other two choices are What a Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (The Decemberists) and Vulnicura (Björk).

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