Brandi Carlile’s RSD Release Has A Fun Backstory About Its Design

Those lucky enough to snag Brandi Carlile’s Record Store Day release during RSD Drop 2 on Sept. 26 not only purchased an album, but they also received a work of art.

Carlile, the 2020 Record Store Day ambassador, recorded covers of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed” for the release.

According to Blabbermouth, surviving Soundgarden members Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron joined Carlile in the studio in Seattle.

This record was at the top of my list for RSD Drop 2. The concept of Carlile honoring the late Chris Cornell and a fellow Seattle music act was enough to pique my interest.

And while both songs and the black hole sun colored vinyl are excellent, I am most amazed by the etching on the B side.

Rob Carroll photo

The design, which mirrors the album cover, is a nod to the See ‘N Say intro that kicks off “Searching With My Good Eye Closed.”

Turns out frequent Carlile collaborator Phil Hanseroth and his daughter, Josephine, designed the etching.

Here’s the story behind the design along with a special easter egg that honors Cornell (Shoutout to Carly Mattson for the heads up about this video).

According to the Record Store Day website, 10,000 copies of the album were pressed making it one of the more easy-to-find RSD releases this year.

The album art alone is definitely worth tracking down a remaining copy at your local record store. Prices on Discogs are already WAY out of control.

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