There's been so much love for the Behind the Art features here on The 405 that we've decided to do something a bit more regular on album artwork and packaging. We'll be looking at amazing album covers, beautiful hand-made packaging and the kind of limited-edition special packages that will have you buying them before you've even heard the band.

For the first installment, we're staring up at the sky at the same time as looking down at our array of effects pedals with London-based shoegazers The Workhouse (musically, think of all that lovely middle ground between Kitchens of Distinction and Interpol). They've got a fine pedigree of vinyl releases going back well over ten years (including a personal favourite of mine, a 7" entirely dedicated to Bulgarian über-striker Hristo Stoichkov), but they've really pulled out the stops with their latest release. Out on German label Oscarson, The Sky Still Looks The Same is a beautifully-packaged handmade 10" in a gatefold sleeve, with a 3" CD and accompanying booklet, with all the photography by the band themselves. There's a lot of love and attention in this record, right down to the fact that one of the press photos is even of them hand-assembling it.

What's great about this is that the design toes the line between simplicity and austerity with skill, and matches the music beautifully with understated gloom and a hint of the 4AD classic about it. And if the standard gatefold version isn't nice enough for you, there's a limited run of 45 black and silver silkscreened editions, which are even gloomier-looking and completely lovely.

Head here for more information on the album, and to buy it.