Royal Blood’s debut album wins Best Art Vinyl award

Brighton band beat FKA Twigs and Future Islands to top spot

Royal Blood’s debut album has been crowned 2014’s best vinyl art by a poll that reached 12,000 participating voters.

The awards, run by Art Vinyl, focused on designs that most successfully mix art with music. Previous winners of the award include White Lies, The Temper Trap, Bright Eyes, Klaxons, Muse, Fleet Foxes, The Cribs, Thom Yorke and Hard-Fi.

Royal Blood’s self-titled album sleeve, which became iconic as the band rose to prominence last year, beat FKA Twigs and Future Islands to the top spot this year. Entitled Falls, it was designed by Dan Hillier, who took his inspiration from old Victorian etchings.

“I made this image in the Spring of 2014 as one of four pieces made at that time, the others being Midpoint, Meta, Suit,” Hillier said. “I named her Pachamama [a Quechuan word meaning Earth Mother] after returning from Peru, where I had the privilege of sitting in ceremony with Shipibo master shamans in the northern Amazon and wandering about the southern Andes.

“We are in desperate need of rediscovering our respect for her. Pachamama is profound intelligence and love manifesting as the apparent world, giving birth to everything, including us.”

Hillier explained that Royal Blood approached him last summer to make a new picture for their album. “They wanted to use this piece, and it’s been lovely to see how far and wide it has appeared,” he said.

Touring exhibitions featuring the 50 favourite sleeves from 2014 will begin next year across the UK, as well as Italy and Hungary. Meanwhile, Royal Blood will soon embark on a headline UK tour, starting in Glasgow on February 22 and ending in Nottingham on March 14.

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