As digital subscription services such as Spotify and Apple's iTunes grow and launch, more and more artists are releasing LPs with free digital downloads to address both the practical need for digital music and the emotional desire for a more visceral contact with our musical passions.
The way is paved for a resurgence of truly exciting album cover art and a new generation of artists and designers working in the genre. Let's hope that this is embraced by music lovers and creatives alike! It is such a unique and fertile forum for artistic exploration.
So many of my contemporaries are discovering (or rediscovering) the joy of the 12" record as an object, and the rich listening experience that goes along with it.
Up the album cover!