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Release date: March 18, 2013
Illustration: Jillian Tamaki
Art direction: Pierre Le Ny
Label: Green United Music

Even if the artwork for the debut album by Woodkid was a little hard to read in stasis (at least digitally), the way he released it was stunning: an animation that fluttered in and out of focus in a perfectly metronymic way to his fluttering neofolk tunes—he created the video himself. But this level of quality was to be expected. As a visual artist, Yoann Lemoine had already directed videos for Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey, among others.

And even if Lemoine studied visual art (he did, at the Emile Cohl School for illustration, where he graduated with honors), it would have taken too much of the lion's share to draw the artwork himself. He enlisted the work of Jillian Tamaki, a New York-based designer, to draw the cover of his debut LP—a fascinating, embossed mask that contradicts the title of the album, The Golden Age. —Dale Eisinger