Music and photography go together like peanut butter and jelly. Does anyone ever look at an album cover and think, “WOW! This is art!” My guess is not. Indie music artists are breaking down barriers not only in the music scene, but also with their album cover art.
The image below, by photographer Gregory Crewdson, graces the cover of the album, And then nothing turned itself inside-out by Yo La Tengo, which was released in 2000. The musical style combined with album artwork creates a “cinematic style” that draws on Crewdson’s “scenical and symbolic narrative.”
After listening to the song “Madeline” from the album, the music reminds me of the 1960’s, (also referred to in the blogpost) and the musical groups, The Turtles, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Righteous Brothers. The photograph itself even furthers the emotional feel of the music through the suburban-looking homes and the in-between feeling of neither here nor there. A feeling of suspended time and the notion that there is life in the midst of the unseen is the peanut butter of the image to the jelly of the music.