When looking at Neko Case album artwork, we could split it into two “periods”: the earlier photo album covers and the newer graphic based covers. All of which are marvelous.
The Julie Morstad drawings hark back on the sort of eerie-but-nice children’s book illustrations we loved but feared as children. Likewise the art for her excellent live album, “The Tigers Have Spoken”, scares but enthralls:
The earlier death scene themes – admittedly without the blood – are memborable and curious, particularly the Chris Buck “Blacklisted” cover photos:
The “Furnace Room Lullabies” cover photo is simpler, less stagey, but tends to rely on the beauty of this “dead” women to compel us to gawk:
The allure of Neko’s cover art is that it appears to be narrative based; not just evocative of a moment or suggestive as to what the musician(s) might be capable of. Her cover art does not define the music, rather it gives us an idea of the tone – waif’s head, good looking corpse, woman under get away van, etc. – of the music and what sort of stories she might tell us. And Neko is, if anything, a storyteller.