“A good record cover will stop you dead in your tracks, and make you curious not only about the music it accompanies, but about the artist who created it. Album art is often our first introduction to a band’s latest collection of songs, giving a visual aspect to the sonic creations inside the sleeve.”
Album cover art! Yes, Hopefully we are buying albums for the Music and not for the cover; however, many of the albums playing in Starbucks or stuck in your parent’s basement had help from some serious album artists. I understand that although vinyl is making a comeback, actually buying a hard copy of an album is sadly a thing of the past. However, from a vinyl shopper’s perspective coming across a beautiful album cover can really grab some attention. (Especially when searching through crates and crates of similar looking records.) Although the true beauty of an album cover is more prominent when acting as a sleeve for a 12”, even digital downloads allow listeners to be taken by a great album cover.
Many artists take on the daunting task themselves! While others enlist help from friends, band mates or local illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. Unfortunately the masterminds behind these beautiful works occasional go unnoticed; however, a surprising amount of these artists are extremely well known in their field while are just used to holding a set of drumsticks.
Artist: Justin Vernon, Bon Iver, Bon Iver 2011
Artist: Samuel Beam, Iron & Wine’s Kiss Each Other Clean, 2011
Artist: William O’Brien, Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest, 2009
Artist: Toby Liebowtiz, Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues, 2011
Artist: Zack Nipper, Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, 2005
- Have you ever been drawn to an album because of the album art?
- Are you ever curious to whom the artist is?
- Do you think the art could possibly be an advertising technique?
Some interesting links!
Check out the stories and artists that go along with the album art:
Bailey Van Horne