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13 December 2010

Shpongle Album Art

Are You Shpongled? (1998)
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Tales of the Inexpressible (2001)
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Shpongle Remixed (2003)
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Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost (2005)
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Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland (2009)
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Shpongle is an amazing psybient project from Simon Posford and Raja Ram. The tracks experiment with a lot of Eastern instruments/sounds and are just very interesting and fun.

All of the album art (except for the most recent album) feature this 6-Eyed Mask (which I don't know a better name for) which has an interesting vibe. The mouth is set in an open smile, hinting at some sort of euphoria which is certainly suggested by the music, but that expression doesn't reach the eyes -- the eyes on Nothing Lasts... are haunting, the eyes on Remixed appear drowsy, and the eyes on Are You Shpongled? appear the most relaxed, almost to the point of being closed. What does the mask represent, and why 6 eyes? Is there something significant about the number 6?

The "Shpongle" font is different on every album cover, and I personally enjoy the one from Ineffable Mysteries the most, followed by Are You Shpongled?. Speaking of Ineffable Mysteries, why does it not feature the 6-Eyed Mask (or is it there somewhere, and I haven't noticed it)? I love that cover, but it's a bit peculiar that the mask is missing.

What are your thoughts?


  1. hey duderino,
    i thing your question is quite interesting.
    and i never thought about that the eyes appear in a different mood on each coverart. thats a really nice recognition. i have two ideas about why there are six eyes. first one is that the three eye-pairs are symbols for the trinity of the self(body, mind, soul for example). the other idea is quite more simple: maybe the artist had some kind of optics in this style on hallucinogens. Or the artist had optics and they caused thoughts about trinity of self. btw
    on ineffable mysteries theres on the backside of the cover a picture of a flag wich shows the "shpongleface".

  2. No idea why the "6-eyed" mask wasn't present on the last album. Perhaps it's because they want to take a new direction. After all, it was 4 years after the release of Nothing Lasts, so maybe they just changed. Kinda like how Microsoft is getting rid of the Aero theme in Windows, calling it cheesy, replacing it with a more Spartan theme.