Release date: June 11, 2013
Photography: Luiza Sa
Art direction: CSS
Labels: SQE Music
There's a strange, alien undertone to the sprout-like figures that pop up on the cover of CSS' latest album, Planta. Sure, the band themselves are the plant, but the black garb and gangly ostrich necks? Why not an image of resplendence or fertility to go along with their flora-themed title?
Well, the image itself was inspired by a Richard Avedon photo of Audrey Hepburn, according to CSS' lead singer Lovefoxxx. In an interview with Rookie, Lovefoxx also stated that she thinks "it looks like a ginger root!" so the earthy connection is there, but it's still hard to ignore the darker palate of the image. Perhaps, beyond Avedon's influence, it has something to do with the fact that, since their eponymous album in 2005, Cansei de Ser Sexy (the band's full name, to be clear) has only seen their fame wilt, especially in the wake of losing multi-instrumentalist member, Adriano Cintra. But from dirt, ashes, and other dead things, grows new life, and with Planta, CSS makes it known that they won't go quietly into the night. At the very least, you can be sure that they're going to throw a party for themselves.