Seemed like for awhile every indie band would use a seemingly low fi cover made from a Polaroid or retro-looking candid photograph as their album cover art. Pitchfork even looked at this trend not too long ago.
Now, I’m starting to see a new trend develop. Photos of beds, sheets, pillows and people ON said beds.
Here are three recent ones I’ve found, but I’m sure there are way more if I dug a little deeper.
Houses, All Night
Washed Out, Within And Without
Holy Other, With U
So what other albums are employing this? I’m told that according to the New York Times, three makes a trend. So what is the origin? Excluding general laziness or lack of creativity when it comes to album art, because that would be too easy to blame, why is this now a “thing?” Is it group think? Copy cats? Coincidence? YOU DECIDE!
UPDATE 6/18/2012: Recently I found yet another album cover that can be added to this trend of album art to employ bed sheets and pillows and scantily clad bodies. Here’s Violens’ True.
UPDATE 8/30/2012: Holy Other has another bed sheets-inspired cover for their album Held.
UPDATE 4/29/2014: Found yet another bedsheets album cover, this time for the new EP from Tourist, Patterns. Behold:
UPDATE 8/1/2014: The upcoming album from shoegaze metal band Whirr, Sway, has sheets too.