What's in an album cover? Everything, basically.

It needs to visually reflect the an album's general atmosphere, as well as work in harmony with the aesthetics of its sound, too. It's not always a much-discussed topic but it's still very relevant – to be successful in the music world requires a mash-up of both treats for the eyes and for the ears, not just for image or branding's sake but for the simple joy of art and creation – of covering one more sense than you need to.

As such, for the latest in our Behind the Cover series, we've asked Little Boots to walk us through the creation of the artwork for her forthcoming album, Working Girl, created by photographer Charlotte Rutherford.

"The cover for Working Girl really needed to sum up the whole theme and direction of the album, all the ideas of hope and success, aspirations and confidence, control and meaning business but in a very knowing and tongue in cheek way, whilst carefully nodding to the early '90s yuppie era and power suited women of the time.

"I knew I wanted the cover to be photography based and fairly clean and simple, something very direct in contrast to the last album cover which was much more abstract, I knew I needed to put myself at the front of it and own it. It was quite a lot of pressure communicate all this in such a simple image, but I had worked with the photographer Charlotte Rutherford already on the photography for my last EP Business Pleasure so was confident we could achieve it.

"I first noticed Charlotte's amazing style and use of colour via a shoot she did for Vice and looked her up, she is one of the most unique and exciting photographers I have come across in years and you can instantly tell when something is her work. We worked together across the concept and colour palettes and styling of the shots with various props to create a kind of surreal overly stylised Working environment, there's an almost fake 'too good to be true' verging on doll like feel to some of the set ups which I'm really pleased with, playing on ideas of surface and reality which I allude to in a lot of the records lyrics.

"I was also inspired by old record covers like Gary Numan's The Pleasure Principle and that feeling of displacing something very every day like a suit into a surreal set. We stuck with a lot of neutral colours like beiges and greys, colours associated with the office grind, and tried to change the story they were telling. The styling was very important as its a fine line between pastiche and something that feels fresh, and we wanted to play on ideas and shapes and colours of masculine and feminine, tough and sweet.

"I collected a lot of references of shapes and poses and colour palettes, so we had a strong idea of what we wanted to achieve from the start. We also made a gif version of the artwork which is something I'm slightly obsessed with and luckily Charlotte shared that! These days artwork is mainly seen digitally online so I think it makes sense for it to be animated rather than limited to just a static image."