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If you've been following the indie music scene for the past year or so, you will have probably noticed a trend of old-school, lo-fi photographs being used as album covers. This certainly is quite interesting and we'd be happy to hear what you think!

First it was Vampire Weekend’s second album, then it was followed by the Dum Dum Girls’ LP. Never mind that they don’t sound the same or if they’re even the same genre. Both outfits, together with other indie groups, have recently been embracing the analogue photography look, from found photographs to ubiquitous childhood snapshots.

Eric Harvey from Pitchfork.com gave quite an exhaustive analysis on the whole trend and the myriad of reasons behind it. What do you think? We’ll leave you to ponder over it with a quote from Mr. Harvey’s article:

It seems only natural then, that as technologies have helped render privacy and artistic mystique ever-rarer, and at the same time made it easier than ever to make and release music, that artists would look to the synthetic nostalgia of old photographs. It’s right there in the DNA of so much indie music itself, really: taking the mundane facts of everyday life and reframing them as evocative shared memories.

Read This is Not a Photography on Pitchfork.com

written by cruzron

12 comments

  1. lee07

    lee07

    Loving the Lomo-esque album art for Foals, Kings of Leon and Arcade Fire this year :)

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  2. toradatanglagi

    toradatanglagi

    arctic monkey's humbug also in analogue... :D

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  3. at_the_zoo

    at_the_zoo

    horrors' primary colours cover is also very "lomo-esque"

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  4. cruzron

    cruzron

    we should make our own band! lol

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  5. popaupers

    popaupers

    Obviously not an "indie" artist, but I have noticed some Lomo shots in the liner notes of a few Bruce Springsteen's more recent albums....there are definitely shots taken with an action sampler....
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  6. elis

    elis

    the new anathema album (which is lovely btw, get it now) kinda looks like a holga picture
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  7. jbrown363

    jbrown363

    Manchester Orchestras album "I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child" Has a very analogue looking cover and their drummer was part of a lomoamigo article! Love Love Love them! http://www.lomograph(…)o-lc-a-plus

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  8. panchoballard

    panchoballard

    I shot the artwork to my band's Christmas single on a 1982 Kiev 6C. You can see it here - http://www.lomograph(…)os/12137463

    (Available on iTunes!!!!!) ;-)

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  9. realmustache

    realmustache

    i love the album art for beirut's "gulag orkestar". you wouldn't know it unless you bought the tangible album, but in the liner notes it states that the picture was actually found in a library book and is a complete mystery as to who the women were in the photo, where it was taken, or how it ended up in a library book. they invite anyone with any information regarding the photograph to contact the band so they can give proper attribution

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  10. niki-beba

    niki-beba

    "VW" they're very cooool!!
    i love all songs *-*

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  11. cruzron

    cruzron

    @panchoballard - nice!

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  12. jawshoeahhtree

    jawshoeahhtree

    it actually wasn't just Vamipre Weekend's second CD (Contra) that featured a polariod for the cover art but their self titled album as well. They claimed to have found the two polariods on a Google type search engine and intend to continue the habit with albums to come. Although we'll have to wait and see due to the fact they are currently being sued for the image.
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