Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ghost sign-inspired cover on the new Kurt Vile album

Look now - the ghost sign aesthetic has been embraced by musicians. Hipster favourite Kurt Vile's new album 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze' has a cover that looks very much like a hand-painted sign of the 'old school' kind, as well as sundry other artworks on a smaller wall in front. In the five-minute documentary on Youtube (see second video below), both Kurt Vile and the artist ESPO, aka Steve Powers, specifically refer to being inspired by the ghost signs in the industrial areas of Philadelphia -  their home town and where the sign was painted.

There's a Youtube video that shows the wall being painted:

And here's the documentary about the painting referred to above:

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