The Mars Volta, Frances the Mute Album Cover, 2005 (20/20)
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The Mars Volta, Frances the Mute Album Cover, 2005 (20/20)

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By Storm Thorgerson
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The front cover of Frances the Mute, the second album by progressive rock band The Mars Volta. 

Image courtesy of The Mars Volta. Photography by StormStudios. 

“What is there to say about The Mars Volta? An extraordinary coupling: exotic, extravagant, improvising, unrestrained but tight as a drum when they need to be - a heady mix of styles woven together at a frenetic pace but interspersed with unexpected longeurs. Spun around a story for a film never made for which this, their record, is the soundtrack. One of the aspects of the story was addiction and although it had specific references it also had universal connotations, one of which interested me greatly, namely the idea that the addicted party thinks he’s alright and is in control, thinks he knows where he’s headed even though still addicted and therefore probably doesn’t have a fucking clue.” - Storm Thorgerson 

Release Notes:
Storm created a series called "20/20" comprised of 20 of his favorite images in limited editions of only 20 pieces (plus 2 Artist Proofs) each. Most certainly a play on the phrase "20/20" referring to perfect vision, the set was designed to showcase some of the pieces he valued most, including many of his more obscure album cover images.

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The Mars Volta, Frances the Mute Album Cover, 2005 (20/20)
The Mars Volta, Frances the Mute Album Cover, 2005 (20/20)

 
 
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