The Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love

I’m not that well-versed in The Decemberists’ music. But after illustrator Josh Cochran mentioned the artist behind their cover art on his Twitter, my interest was peaked. The Decemberists are a Portland, Oregon-based rock band led by Colin Meloy, known for their folk-infused pop sound. I mostly know them for their Stephen Colbert beef. Guitar battles and such.

The album cover was illustrated by Carson Ellis, who happens to be Meloy’s wife. Ellis’ portfolio is a collection of loose graphite, pen and watercolor drawings. Her organic typographic work on the cover of Hazards is beautiful, with the concept also making it’s way to the single The Rake’s Song (above). Ellis is also responsible for the covers of previous Decemberists albums as well as Colin Meloy’s solo work (below).

Carson Ellis
The Decemberists
Colin Meloy

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