This is the album cover for Angles. Supposedly it’s a painting by an obscure artist named Guy Pouppez. This painting may have existed before the Strokes used it as their album cover, but it was most likely chosen because its imagery had the potential to represent Illuminati symbols.

First there is the yellow upper portion, which is reminiscent of a sunrise. This is another example of the Illuminati sun symbolism that the Strokes have used many times in their career.

Then there is the lower portion, with the black-and-white tile floor. This looks very similar to a Masonic checkerboard floor.

On the floor is a winding staircase. The winding staircase has significance in Freemasonry. I talked about it in this post:

Winding staircases have a special significance in Freemasonry. The Legend of the Winding Stairs is an allegory that all Fellow Crafts (2nd degree Freemasons) must learn. The staircase represents the Fellow Craft’s quest in gaining knowledge and experience.

Lastly, there is the name of the album, Angles. One of the most important symbols of Freemasonry is the square, a tool historically used by stone masons when cutting stone. Squares are used to check the angles of a stone. In Freemasonry, the square is symbolic. According to this website:

Trying Square:  In the operative stone mason era, the 90 degree angle of the square was a necessary tool used to test the accuracy of the sides of a stone to ascertain that the stone’s angles matched the square’s “true” right angle.

Morality:  In speculative Freemasonry, the square is a symbol of morality.

The Strokes really like to pile on the symbolism with their album covers, don’t they?

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