Juxtapoz Sound and Vision is a new segment on our platform dedicated to exploring one piece of substantial album artwork every Sunday/Monday. Album artwork is one of the primary ways that musicians and visual artists are able to collaborate, and many iconic album covers are simultaneously iconic pieces of pop art. It’s also an excuse for us to share some of our favorite albums and the visual component behind what makes an album groundbreaking and fun.
Portugal. the Man, The Satanic Satanist
Cover art by John Gourley
Portugal. The Man had toured extensively and built up a huge following before recording their 2009 album The Satanic Satanist. The group, formed in Wasilla, AK as lead singer John Baldwin Gourley’s side project, relocated to Portland, OR. Their 2009 album explored new and old territory, centering around memories of Gourley’s youth in Alaska.
In addition to fronting the band, Gourley also paints and illustrates most of the band’s album covers. His visual work could stand out on its own, but he uses his artistic dexterity to complete an audiovisual statement for each release. For The Satanic Satanist, he integrated images of mountains from his home state with his drawings. With help from designer Austin Sellers, he created album packaging that could be unfolded and re-folded to make several image combinations that all lined up.
"People Say," directed by Michael Ragen