It’s been four years since we last heard from Boston feel-good rockers Guster, whose sixth LP,Easy Wonderful, hits shelves October 5. The quintet recruited artist Jon Sarkin to design everything for Easy Wonderful,from the album cover and merchandise, to the guitar straps they use onstage. Sarkin, who is the older brother of V.F.’s features editor Jane Sarkin, created the whimsical album art, crediting Guster’s upbeat music as the inspiration for the color wheel. “Doing the album art is a lot like advertising,” Jon Sarkin told us yesterday. “You want to convey visually what the music is all about.”
The album art is a combination of four cover ideas that the Gloucester-based artist designed that were then photoshopped together by the band’s artistic director. “I’m really happy with what he did” Sarkin said. “He really got my sense and didn’t have a heavy hand at all.”
The guys in Guster have been Sarkin fans for years, and drummer Brian Rosenworcel even has a few pieces of Sarkin’s in his home. So it was no coincidence that Sarkin and Guster meshed so well. So well, in fact, that the quintet asked him to collaborate on the music video for their first single, “Do You Love Me,” where Sarkin painted lead singer Ryan Miller—putting a beautiful coda on his work for Easy Wonderful.
Check out Guster’s website specifically for the release of Easy Wonderful, featuring oodles of Sarkin’s work: