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.