U2's new album, No Line on the Horizon will be released in the US tomorrow. For the cover of this new release, they've elected to use a minimal design over Hiroshi Sugimoto's photograph Boden Sea. Ryan Dombal at pitchforkmedia.com points out that they are not the first band to release an album using this particular Sugimoto photograph.
Copyright Hiroshi Sugimoto, Boden Sea
In 2006, the sound artists Richard Chartier and Taylor Deupree were invited by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to musically reinterpret the works in Sugimoto's Seascapes series. The result of their efforts premiered on March 30, 2006 in front of the curved panoramic window of the Museum's Lerner Room as the sun set across the city's skyline. The live recording was subsequently released as the album Specifications.Fifteen with Boden Sea. Odd that the very same image, out of the many Sugimoto has in the series, was selected again.
Find more at Pitchfork Media, including a link to Taylor Dupree's blog which has gotten a slew of comments from some rather avid U2 devotees.