A little bit on album art

When I was trying to figure out what to do for the album art,  I started with the idea that I wanted something that would reflect how personal the music was. I had some candid photos and a polaroid that I thought would work well. The problem then was how do I make this happen without making them look dumb or random, so I started to look at albums that I admired and the art they used. The first thing that came to mind was a band I love called Pope down here in New Orleans. I remembered going to see Sun Hotel's last show where Pope also played. I eagerly ran up to the merch booth and bought two records, one of which had one of my favorite album covers, Pope's Fiction. 

I've also always liked handwritten album art (especially Bon Iver, Bon Iver) and ended up using  my own handwriting in addition to the polaroid idea from Pope. I was very happy with it and used it for Your Song's single art. 

Then came the album cover. I had the specific picture, but wasn't sure If I wanted to use the face on the album art. It was a hard decision, but I felt and still feel that the picture I used is perfect. I tried to think of interesting ways to edit it just to keep the face unrecognizable, and landed on Good Kid M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar. I love this album, it ain't indie rock but its some of my favorite music on earth, and the original album art had people's eyes crossed out with a black bar. Perfect, my Kendrick homage was done. 

So that's where the art came from, not too amazing, but still it was a fun process and I enjoyed it. I like finding out where things come from in people's music and thought you might enjoy finding out where ours came from. 

All the love,

-Elijah