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Mid-Air Thief – 무너지기 (Crumbling) album art

Contributed by Noah Bromberg on Jan 22nd, 2021. Artwork published in
July 2018
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    Album art for Crumbling, featuring wavy, outlined, slightly-compressed AG Superblack Gothic.
    Source: midairthief.bandcamp.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Album art for Crumbling, featuring wavy, outlined, slightly-compressed AG Superblack Gothic.

    Crumbling is the second album by independent Korean musician Mid-Air Thief (공중도둑). Released in 2018, it won Best Dance & Electronic album at the 2019 Korean Music Awards and gained a minor cult following outside of Korea through online forums such as Rate Your Music. From the webpage for its 2019 physical release by Topshelf Records:

    Although sung almost entirely in Korean, Mid-Air Thief’s cult-acclaimed album Crumbling exhibits a distinct universality, merging disparate sounds and styles into a cohesive, electronic-infused folk amalgam that tactfully blurs the lines between organic and synthetic. Listeners are led through enrapturing passages of swirling melodies underscored with eloquent plucks, strums, and bursts of bubbly glitches. Individual phrases drift into one another as if in a dream, cohered by guest vocalist Summer Soul’s entrancing hooks and vocal soundscapes. Crumbling is a compelling accomplishment of both composition and production, bending as it does to its unique contours of consonance and dissonance, always resolving to a place of calm and beauty.

    The album’s front cover, designed by the musician’s cousin, features a grainy photo of a man fishing in the distance under a slate-blue sky. Outlined, wavy, and just a bit squished, AG Typography Institute’s Superblack Gothic spells out the name of the artist and the title of the album in Hangul. Its back cover features the song titles set in the same typeface, with personnel and a short thank-you message in DX경필명조 Bold. On media related to the Topshelf vinyl release, English text is set in the label’s signature typeface, Base Mono Wide from Emigre.

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    Back cover of Crumbling, using warped AG Superblack Gothic (track listing) and DX Gyeongpil Myeongjo (other text).
    Source: midairthief.bandcamp.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Back cover of Crumbling, using warped AG Superblack Gothic (track listing) and DX Gyeongpil Myeongjo (other text).

    Mid-Air Thief – 무너지기 (Crumbling) album art 3
    Source: www.topshelfrecords.com Topshelf Records. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Mid-Air Thief – 무너지기 (Crumbling) album art 4
    Source: www.topshelfrecords.com Topshelf Records. License: All Rights Reserved.

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    • AG Superblack Gothic
    • DX Gyeongpil Myeongjo
    • Base Monospace

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    1 Comment on “Mid-Air Thief – 무너지기 (Crumbling) album art”

    1. Thank you, Noah! Discogs credits Hyejeong 신혜정 with the cover. Added.

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