Using analog synthesizers and beat boxes to lay down hypnotizing rhythm tracks and lush symphonic harmonies, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stereolab[/lastfm] spent some 20 years at the forefront of electro-indie rock. The cover of their 1997 album, Dots and Loops, is a particularly strong example of the Stereolab aesthetic.

dots and loops 385 Awesome Album Covers: Stereolab And Dots And Loops

Designed by UK firm House @ Intro, the cover of Dots and Loops evokes both memories of the past and glimpses toward the future.

The bold green on green pallette reminds us of the lounge lizard records of the ’60s and ’70s (Persuasive Percussion, anyone?) while the futuristic lettering blasts us on a rocket ship toward their 22nd century.

The music itself — a melange of hypnotic rhythms, glitchy effects, melismatic vocals and Marxist theory — sounds a lot like the cover looks: on the one hand, warm and inviting like a human, at the same time somewhat distant and cold, like a machine.

Then again, the slightly tipped “fingerprint” says there might be more human input involved than is immediately evident.

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