Post by Alberto Balsalm on Feb 20, 2012 15:38:53 GMT -5
So the other day my friend saw my Battles record and was intrigued and asked me what it sounded like. It's pretty hard to describe so I just told him "It sounds like that pink piece of goo". Because it really does. It's a bright, colorful, splashy record that you aren't quite sure what it is but you want to keep listening to it, kind of like how the cover is bright and colorful and you aren't really sure what it is but you want to eat it (Or at least I know I do.) The cover of that record is also the reason why I downloaded it in the first place, because I was so intrigued, and they really did a good job of matching the two.
Anyway it got me thinking that I really enjoy when an album sounds like it's respective cover. Another example would be The Tennessee Fire
The cover depicts a sense of loneliness to me which is reflected in the albums sound, as well as the slight blurriness of the photo reflecting the heavy reverb on Jim's vocals and the sort of drunken feel to the album. Every time I listen to it I picture myself sitting alone in a high-rise hotel drunkenly overlooking the city.
Another good example which is pretty self explanatory would be Dark Side of the Moon
Interested to see what you guys have to say. Post some examples (And descriptions if you wish as to what links the cover to the sound of the album)
Post by nodepression on Feb 21, 2012 14:18:27 GMT -5
Classic. This was a record I saw in my brothers cd-r book with red sharpie on it. I thought it was a heavy metal record. I avoided it until college when I got lost in it for a couple months driving to school the same way every day under grey Buffalo winter clouds.
Ministry - Psalms 69: The Way To Succeed, And The Way To Suck Eggs
this cover fascinated me growing up. still does. the album's sound is just as dark and heavy and loud and full of antichristian heroin vibes as the cover is.
Dexter Gordon - Doin' Alright
another album cover that I just love. Gordon looks so happy, and even though the buildings in the background are faint, for some reason it just captures the idea of the big city to me. furthermore you still can tell Gordon's large physical size by the picture. the album sounds like a big city album made by a big man, physically and musically. and its a happy record.
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Post by Homer J. Fong on Feb 22, 2012 13:58:46 GMT -5
I'm far too lazy to post images, but I have to say that Mastodon wins this category, hands down. Every single album tells you EXACTLY what you're in for with the cover art (except MAYBE for Crack the Skye).
Post by Alberto Balsalm on Feb 23, 2012 22:43:15 GMT -5
You guys should post some short descriptions as to why the cover is what the album sounds like. Some of them are personal reasons that others wouldn't get unless explained, and not everyone knows what the albums sound like.
For an explanation, I think this album cover screams psychedelic garage punk. First off, you see it and know some bad ass rock music is inside. Nobody would phone in a record and then put that cover on it. It has that almost screen printed DIY punk-art look to it, which gets you mind moving into that direction. The majority of the space on the cover is engulfed in colored brains that are spewing from the creatures head, which makes me think psychedelia. The creature looks like a mummified / fleshy skeleton military soldier that still seems ready for battle. One of my biggest observation for John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees stage presence is that he seems to be on the battlefield. He holds his guitar up by his chin and plays his guitar like he is firing a high powered machine gun. Basically a psych rock general. Its like if I were to make a painting or sketch of the dude, that is what he would look like.