Capturing Sound—In Appreciation of Album Art

Album artwork has always been one of my favorite types of artistic design. I am forever fascinated by how different artists find ways to represent audio in a purely visual form. A well-executed piece of album artwork works to compliment or enhance the lyrical content or mood of an album, and, when done well, it becomes forever inseparable from the music with which it is associated. I think this blending of artistic mediums is truly a special relationship—and one which often goes under-appreciated. Here, I have decided to share a gallery of album art that I find particularly striking or well-suited to the music of their respective records. (These are also all great albums, in general—check them out!)

Top left to bottom right: Tremors (SOHN), Any Man in America (Blue October), The King of Limbs (Radiohead), Ritual (White Lies), You Want It Darker (Leonard Cohen), The Suburbs (Arcade Fire), Waking Up (OneRepublic), This is Happening (LCD Soundsystem), Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd), La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Justin Hurwitz), What We Saw from the Cheap Seats (Regina Spektor), Ceremonials (Florence + The Machine), good kid, m.A.A.d city (Kendrick Lamar), A Day at the Races (Queen), Ghost Stories (Coldplay), The Airborne Toxic Event (The Airborne Toxic Event), Novö Piano (Maxence Cyrin, Glasvegas (Glasvegas), Harmonies for the Haunted (stellastarr*), Absolution (Muse)


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  1. Viola B says:

    Album art is so cool. It has also had a crazy evolution from back when it was a single image on a vinyl, to a booklet in a CD case and now to a digital image. The album cover image is supposed to encompass the entire mood of the music, dictate the artist’s style, and often the feel of their tour. That is a lot of pressure for a single image.


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