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The sound of creative album covers

»It is hard to look past a bad cover and see good music,« says New York based Art Director at Ghostly International Molly Smith. Here you can listen to all the albums we talked about in our interview with her.

Molly Smith Ghostly NY 2020

With Molly Pearson Smith, Art & Audio Manager at music label Ghostly International in New York, we talked about the creative process of cover design, current vinyl trends and how one cover shaped her life. The list below features all albums or tracks from our interview including her own cover artworks and Molly’s favorites.

Galcher Lustwerk – Information

Ghostly International 2019
Photography: Collin Hughes / Design: Justin Sloane / Art Direction: Molly Smith/Galcher Lustwerk

Brijean – Feelings / Day Dreaming

Ghostly International 2021
Artwork: Robert Beatty / Art Direction: Molly Smith

Heathered Pearls – Cast

Ghostly International 2020
Artwork: Jakub Alexander and family / Art Direction: Molly Smith and Jakub Alexandre

Various Artists – Thousands of Eyes in the Dark

Ghostly International 2019
Artwork: unknown author / Design: / Art Direction: Molly Smith & Michael Cina

Mary Lattimore – Silver Ladders

Ghostly International 2020

Cover Artwork: Becky Suss courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery / Design: / Art Direction Molly Smith

Telefon Tel Aviv – Dreams Are Not Enough Album

Ghostly International 2019
Cover Calligraphie: Particula Universum / Art Direction: Molly Smith

Beacon – Marion

Ghostly International 2017
Artwork & Art Direction: Molly Smith

Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri – ‎Una Presencia En La Brisa

A Strangely Isolated Place, 2020
Artwork: Molly Smith

Arthur Russell – Sketches For World Of Echo

Audika Records 2020
Photography: Alex Savello courtesy NRAO / Layout: Molly Smith

Sketches For World Of Echo: June 25 1984 Live At Ei by Arthur Russell

The Other People Place – Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café

Warp 2001
Artdirection & Artwork: Matt Pyke, The designers republic

Benoît Pioulard – précis

kranky 2006
Artwork: Will Calcutt

Brian Eno – Another Green World

Island Records 1975
Artwork: Detail of Tom Phillips “After Raphale” / Typography: Bob Bowkett

Nick Drake – Pink Moon

Island Records 1971
Artwork: Michael Trevithick / Art Direction: Annie Sullivan

About Ghostly International

Teo the dog and Ghostly logo mural by Jacob Escobedo
Heathered Pearls’ dog, Teo in front a Ghostly mural in New York, designed by Atlanta-based artist Jacob Escobedo

Ghostly International was founded in 1999 by Sam Valenti IV – then a freshman at the University of Michigan – and DJ Matthew Dear, whose first 12-inch vinyl “Hands Up For Detroit” had the catalogue number 1 (GHS-001). Ghostly International, based in Brooklyn, New York, now represents more than seventy artists, among them the legendary electro artists Adult, Dabrye, Shigeto or Osborne from Detroit or the German C418/Daniel Rosenfeld.

Ghostly defines itself as a music and art platform supporting high-quality work with integrity and individuality, putting special emphasis on collaboration with designers, visual artists, and technologists, continuously seeking new creative, multidisciplinary collaborations (see For example, the label hosts streaming events such as Ghostly Knowledge Share, during which experts share their knowledge with the community and participants share experiences and ideas.

Int. Collaborations

Ghostly also works regularly with brands such as the TV station Adult Swim, the furniture company Floyd, and the fashion brand Vans, and offers a wide range of offbeat merchandise from sneakers and record shelves through to marble sculptures.

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