I am so fucking sick of album covers being random bullshit that correspond to nothing. It epitomizes the music scene and the abundance of these contrarian hipster faggots that feel obligated to be different in the most trivial way
The Powers that B is a perfect example. It's seriously a picture of a fucking floorlight with shitty HDR, it doesn't make any sense on any level, it's absolute garbage and it's disgraceful that this piece of shit album cover is in any way related to the music that's on the album.
Seriously, if your album cover is random bullshit like this then you immediately get the Penn Jillette treatment
Maybe it isn't, you're right.
In which case there's a billion other examples that are just as legitimate. Draw an album name out of a hat and try and tell me what it's supposed to represent
Something that's representative of the music you're going to listen to. Ones that look intangible but just fit for whatever reason are the best ones
This is a quality album cover
OP give us a look at some of your artist endeavours to show us how it should be done
Just take it easy man. If you really wanted to you could take into account the fact that this may be Death Grips' last record, and if it was, then you could interpret the cover art as the graffiti'd floor light being them having left an impression on the world.
There's room for subjectivity there but it's usually abundantly clear when the artist just wanted to be different because they're a snobby hipster
Death Grips is actually a bad example because they make such intangible music
don't take this the wrong way but it sounds like you seriously have something on the autism spectrum
you don't get it, that cover is actually part of their aesthetic, it's impossible for anybody to do anything random art-wise because no matter what they choose, that will still be a representation of them.
>you don't get it, that cover is actually part of their aesthetic, it's impossible for anybody to do anything random art-wise because no matter what they choose, that will still be a representation of them.
No, seriously, I get it. But in the vast majority of cases the album art doesn't seem to be even remotely related to the music, it's just about them trying to look le nuanced and profound in the most trivial way
The Money Store artwork I liked
Of random bullshit? Gee, draw an album name out of a hat
But here's an example, I don't even know what this is
It's kind of sort of on point actually. ITAotS is a kind of weird nostalgia and it's kind of epitomized by that photo.
Like I said, intangible but paints some kind of picture about the music on the album.
how is no one else getting this? its graffiti, its their name carved into public property. in a london airport i think? its digging a knife into glass and stone
it could be spray paint on wall or anything else, but it represents their idea of destruction and anti-establishment. maybe not their best cover but it still has a cool idea to it
OP just doesn't get what the cover means
DG are a very sentimental band and they take photos of pretty much everything wherever they go and from their other photos we can tell that on one occasion they camped out by this light for what could have been a long time and who knows, they could have had a really good or special time there and since this album is their last they may have wanted this to be the cover for personal reasons, which is one of the reasons why they made that photo be the NLDW cover. Also, in the Inanimate Sensation video the floodlight is used as a portal into the video's world and alternate dimensions and portals (to the 5d) are frequent topics in their lyrics, so the light, a symbol of technology and modernity (another frequent topic) being a portal is a vert DG-like topic. And Aldo, the light was made by Louis Paulson who's products and technology for whatever reason is featured very often in their videos
The cover actually does a good job of giving an impression of the music. The Edwardian seaside print is especially evoked by the Fool's sea shanty horns and the presence of the drum is around the same level of surrealistic abstraction in the lyrics, on par with a work by Magritte.
I absolutely agree with you OP.
Visual accompaniments are so vital to the interpretation of an album or piece of music, being so apathetic about it lowers the quality and legacy of it completely.
Here you go, OP.
If you listen to this shitty album, your ears will bleeping bleed. Literal enough for you?
>At least their other album covers painted some kind of picture about the music you'd be listening to, but a floorlight is just random bullshit
>photo from national geographic
>dick in a restroom
>asian lady siting in a chair
Covers should just be the output of a random number generator (seeded with the cryptographic hash of the combined track WAV files) mapped on to a 2D RGB space.
>IT'S GRAFFITI AND PUNK AND HELL BRO
>the text is photoshopped onto the original image
It's not really about what I think of you, you just seem to be upset about something as ridiculous as album covers. The purpose of an album cover doesn't have to be a representation of music. It's just art bro, if you don't like it then fine, just enjoy the music instead.
The premise of just trying to be different for the sake of being different irritates me more than the actual art
Not that the art bothers me too. There's no reason why we shouldn't be living in the golden age of album covers. I want beautiful, creative album covers like this to be a norm.
Make your album cover something like pic related and then just write that you did what your post describes and pic was your output
Well you're making an assumption that someone is just trying to be different when they probably just made an album cover that you didn't get (TPTB for example). You probably just need to develop your art interpretation skills, it's pretty sweet when you get the hang of it.
>Well you're making an assumption that someone is just trying to be different when they probably just made an album cover that you didn't get (TPTB for example)
I'm always open to that scenario, in this case I was off base.
But I'm not a dullard that doesn't appreciate nuance when I see it, it's usually abundantly clear what they're going for and what they're going for is just random bullshit
Strawberry Jam by Animal Collective, explain that
I dont need to explain that album cover, it's probably just bullshit. I'm not saying that every album cover has a meaning/explanation behind it, I just don't get upset when that's the case. Can't you just appreciate art on an aesthetic/visual level? I don't understand why it needs to mean something for you to get something out of it.
>Can't you just appreciate art on an aesthetic/visual level?
I can, but that's divorced from what we're talking about.
I could probably tolerate that if it were any good, but far too often it's just garbage.
Back to Strawberry Jam, it's a picture of strawberries.
sorry that's the worse cover. the dumb one with him staring fits the music on that album way more. honestly it isn't a new trend that sometimes cover art doesn't match the music. there's always been bad choices and good choices been made by artists as to what to use on their cover. I could see how you might think that new bands do this more, because you see it more and there is more of them. and i think you could pin some specific genres that tend to have problems with this. but overall i see no decline in the relevance of cover art. hate to play the "born in le wrong gen" card but I think this is caused by the same feelings as that fallacy.
>It couldn't be some kind of stylized illustration of a strawberry?
Not really, the super sharp quality of the picture adds to the image's approximation of the sound.
You seem to be creating problems for yourself when there are none.
No, it does matter. It's just divorced from the music you retard.
But I've got news for you
>But I've got news for you
I was doing like a thing you know
>it looks ugly
it sounds more like your opinions are inflexible. if i had a nickel for every time i was wrong about hating something, well you know. if you wait to pass judgement on something (even aesthetically) until you understand it in context, you'll have a better time of it.
Not really. I had a phase when I was like 15 when I just drew random bullshit because I thought it was cool, but then I matured a bit more and realized it was for the birds and there were a million other people doing the same thing I was but nobody cared about because it was totally vapid.
I've since moved on and tried to make things that were stylized with a purpose.
government plates has a license plate because police and gov. type vehicle have those plates (ie gov plates).
death grips whole aesthetics is messed up and glitchy. dont get more glitchy than a scritchy.
op is a contrarian hipster faggot.
Do you have zero critical thinking skills or did you understand me and you're being intentionally disingenuous?
It's the premise of just wanting to be different because you want to be different, and it's almost always to a fault.
why is it an issue if someone wants to be different? like, it's pretentious, but what's it to you? I could easily argue that Tyler album you posted was "just trying to be different", it's all opinions bud, I don't know how old you are, but you'll find out soon enough that arguing art never really works out.
Yeah i hate covers like that, fortunately pic related is one of the few ones that is really good and totally represents the music they're playing on it.
that's what you meant to say right :^))))))))
>why is it an issue if someone wants to be different?
Painting something with a unique style is making something different because it speaks personally to you and you're a creative person.
Calling your album "strawberry jam" and making the album cover a picture of a strawberry when the music has nothing to do with strawberries is almost definitely just being different for the sake of being different, and I don't support this. It just encourages people having no drive to actually make something interesting and just to make something that's different because they have an obligation to feel different.
you have a very one dimensional take on what an album cover is suppose to be. All I'm hearing is
>waaaah, this doesn't represent what I'm hearing!
it doesn't fucking have to, sometimes album covers are a just picture of something related to the artist in some way, it can really just be anything. Just like all art.