See that up there? That’s the cover of Loveless by My Bloody Valentine. In my honest opinion, there isn’t an album cover that succeeds quite as well as the hazy magenta distortion on Loveless‘ sleeve.
It happens to be my favorite album, and I can’t help but feel like a big part of that is the way the album experience is complete from every angle, from track to track, note to note, squall to squall, and even from bleeding color to bleeding color. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, every time I hear the band’s swirling tremolos I think instantly of that album cover and every way that it fits into each track with pristine haze.
That’s what Probably Just Hungry is about – music and art in tandem. Not every record can be a Loveless, but that’s the beauty of synesthesia. Each sound on every record paints a different picture and I’m looking for that infinite variety of possibilities. Sometimes the art works and sometimes it doesn’t, but at the very least it’ll say something about the artist – usually something important.
No matter how digitally abstracted our music libraries get, there’s always room for the album artwork. They’re not just visual aids or pretty pictures – they’re artists’ statements.
I’m here to explore album art as the glue that binds together the full experience of a record.
Probably Just Hungry is a project that aims to promote albums as full, multi-sensory works of art. As such, all materials presented here are done so entirely from a critical/educational standpoint and without any option for profit whatsoever. All tracks are property of their respective rights holders, and downloading for any use is strictly prohibited. If you like what you hear in the samples, feed their creators. Go buy the album!
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