Release date: Sept. 23, 2013
Photography: Fredrik Etoall
Art direction: Virgilio Tzaj
Labels: TEN, Big Beat Records

The Swedish duo known as Icona Pop have long played off one another's strengths, a dynamic never more apparent than on the cover of their international debut LP, This Is... Icona Pop. Here, they meld into a kind of living sculpture, flaunting their tattoos, backlit with all the gray washed subtlety of an Ansel Adams landscape, and managing to have some kind of fun in the process. As high fashion or classic as this photograph feels, the typography perfectly situates viewers in the era of the album's release: pixelated, unpretentious, and so polished it becomes roughly new again. That's exactly what Icona Pop can mean. —Dale Eisinger