I was hoping to wait a while before doing my next music post, but the perfect mixture of a funky work schedule and a blizzard left me with very little time to go out and take photos like I had originally planned. It all worked out, though! On Wednesday, I received Australian native Troye Sivan’s debut full length record Blue Neighbourhood on vinyl. I included this album in my top records of 2015 post in the CD section, but I feel that it wasn’t given the attention it deserves since it came out so late in the year. Since writing that post, I was able to dedicate a lot of time to Blue Neighbourhood and it has definitely become one of my most spun records so far in 2016.
Once in a while – when you least expect it – you come across an artist that just completely catches you off guard. Usually in the last place you think it would happen, too. When I’m looking around the internet for new music, I could research for hours without finding anything that leaves a lasting impression. Then there are other times when I’m just surfing through the radio stations on quick commute home and I come across a song that changes everything. That’s pretty much what happened when I discovered Ben Howard.
I’m really excited to share this post with all of you. First of all, I love sharing music and admiring the time and dedication that goes into producing a physical medium when it comes to music. Second, this was my first ‘product photo shoot’ I’ve done in a long, long time. I’m pretty proud of the way it turned out!
In 2013, I learned about a small band out of Hannover, Germany called Client. They’re an alternative grunge band who reside on a tiny independent label called Street Survival Records that, as far as I know, is run by just one guy across the pond in Germany. For such a small label, the packaging and presentation for Client.’s first full length LP, Joy Is The Only Treat, really blew me away. I would go as far to say that this is my favorite record in my entire collection as far as presentation is concerned (it’s also one of my top 10 albums of 2014).