The only it’s still worth it to buy music on physical format is when it’s with a beautiful music packaging design. And few things are prettier than a die-cut packaging whether it’s for CD packaging or vinyl packaging.
Here are some of the sleekest die-cut music packaging we’ve seen on the internet. They’re a little bit more tedious to make but it’s definitely worth it.
NECRO DEATHMORT – OVERLAND
Album artwork and packaging design for ‘Overland’ the fifth album by UK experimental electronic duo Necro Deathmort. Featuring a die-cut sleeve and printed extra inside sleeve.
The goal was to give a band totally new look, more stylish than ever and still remain mystic and folk. The meaning of the album was wolf gate, and in all album the motive of the gates remains, where people have to enter them alone to meet their darkest thoughts, fears etc.
The album is called “Wolf Gates” and listener is encouraged to find his own path to the gate. This insight lead to editable CD package design.
THE ART OF PEPE ROMERO
A media package for classical guitar music, includes 2 CDs and a booklet.
They created a die-cut sleeve forming The King’s silhouette and fluorescent inked screen printed a customized typeface of the album title on inside sleeve so when it’s opened, the typeface filling out the silhouette completely.
The debut album by Brighton-based indie band Cave Painting features a concertina of die cuts that builds up into an intricate tunnel in the shape of the band’s logo.
The design was inspired by Japanese paper engineering and binding techniques. It was art-directed by music-focussed agency The Creative Corporation.
The Voodootricks’ is a rap group. Their music is characterised by deeply soulful samples, heavy drums, and lyrics inspired by the urban culture. The design of the CD packaging highlights the roots and the atmosphere of the Voodootricks’ music.
The packaging is comprised of two parts: a die-cut in the form of the name of the band, and the inside case with a photo of Athens, capturing the urban landscape of the band’s city of origin and inspiration.
The overarching aesthetic approach of the design of the packaging aims to reflect the heavy soulful atmosphere, main ingredient of the samples of their music.
M83 – HURRY UP, WE’RE DREAMING
BIG SCARY MONSTERS
The case is litho printed, matte laminated and then die cut/creased and hand assembled. All cases are made to order for a limited time.
Shameless catchy pop-rock with unrestrained guitars and a pounding drumsound.
To give the name and the personification of Jason Waterfalls more power, Moan designed two raw handwritten logo’s. Jason’s first musical achievement is pressed on a crimson CD and packed in four different and entirely black sleeves with psychedelic laser cut-out patterns.
These four patterns depict the four songs on the disc, and serve as a base for all the artwork.
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST gone to earth Die-cut sleeve and inner lyric sleeve.
ANGELO BADALAMENTI: TWIN PEAKS
Housed in a red die-cut spot gloss sleeve. We are thrilled to be returning to the town of Twin Peaks with our very own version of Season 3’s Limited Event Series Score featuring tracks by Angelo Badalamenti, Johnny Jewel, David Lynch & Dean Hurley, split across 2 LPs the package compliments our previous Twin Peaks releases featuring a red die cut spot gloss sleeve that reveals a key moment in the show.
FUZZY COUSINS CD Digipak
They’re all worth the money, aren’t they?
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James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD, custom vinyl records and merch company in LA.