Album Art Lover: Blurry

Date August 15, 2012

For this edition of my ongoing album art lover series (where I discuss album art trends and stuff), I’m focusing on the album covers using blur, an effect I’ve seen pop up more and more this year, from Cloud Nothings to The Antlers to Chromatics. Probably the most iconic blurry album photo is Bob Dylan’s […]

Album Art Lover: Close-Up Faces

Date January 30, 2012

It’s been quite a while since I’ve delved into the world of album covers in my ongoing album art lover series, but I was inspired by the sleeve for Sharon Van Etten’s brilliant new album, Tramp (which is now streaming on NPR by the way) to explore the ever-popular face cover. They say 93% of communication is […]

Album Art Lover: High-Speed Photography

Date April 13, 2011

As a Digital Communications major who’s dabbled in photography, one of my favorite things to see on an album cover is a really great photograph. I also have always loved the look of high speed photography. Album art featuring high-speed photos are usually pretty far and few between but recently I’ve noticed a few examples […]

Album Art Lover: Sepia

Date March 9, 2011

If you haven’t noticed, the modern vintage / antique look is in right now. Whether it’s Polaroids, found/aged photos, or retro commercial style, the vintage look is forever ingrained in modern culture, and it seems to have especially permeated the indie music scene. One of the most popular methods of achieving this look is the […]

Album Art Lover: Look-Alikes

Date January 6, 2011

One of my best albums I’ve heard so far is Cape Dory, a nautical-obsessed indie pop album by Colorado husband-and-wife duo Tennis. The unique album cover is a near-exact replica of a vintage album cover by Lisa Hartman (the band apparently collects ’70s-’80s female pop artist vinyl just for the cover art). This got me […]

Album Art Lover: Cats

Date July 27, 2010

“A dog is very easy to break, but cats make you work for their affection. They don’t sell out the way dogs do.” I was thinking about how indie band’s obsession with cats (at least 5 indie albums from this year alone have the domestic felines on the cover) and then I thought about the above quote spoken by Robert De […]