Release date: Feb. 4
Art direction: Young Fathers
Label: Big Dada

Winners of this year's prestigious Mercury Prize, the artwork for Young Father's Dead album was inspired by a specific wartime picture they saw in Life magazine, and the result is a highly emotive one.

They said, “…There was this photo of a man whose village had just been pillaged by the rebels and the armies fighting. So he is crossing this river, which is very large. He is basically drowning and when he gets to the other side, this guy is holding him up. He is holding him for life, it’s not like it is an embrace. We liked that picture, and we wanted to recreate it…It worked with the name of the album, and actually that was before we had named it Dead. So the picture was more based on the feelings of the songs. It’s different from the original picture we saw.”