At the moment we have the music but we don’t have much of the artwork that will accompany The King Of Limbs when it is released in shops next month and in the special “newspaper” version of the album that will ship in early May. Stanley Donwood, however, has been talking a bit about the artwork for the album in a couple articles concerning his current exhibition in London.
In The Independent, Stanley discusses the influence of newspapers have had on the special edition of the album:
“A newspaper is a snapshot; a physical record of how things are. If you turned the electricity off, digital records would all disappear, but newspapers have the physical reality, the longevity, and that’s brilliant.”
Meanwhile over at the Creative Review, Stanley delves into more detail about where the inspiration for The King Of Limbs artwork originated:
“It’s very much about natural forms. I’d heard something about the northern European imagination, in the sense of all our fairy stories and mythical creatures. They all come from the woods – Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel…we’ve got all these stories and myths. Me and Thom were working on these ideas of strange, multi-limbed creatures that are neither malevolent or benevolent, they’re simply there, part of the living spirit of the forest. That’s come through into all of the work.”
We’ll have to wait a little while longer until we get to see the artwork for ourselves.