Every other kid in your dorm has that exact same Dark Side of the Moon
poster. As much as we all love that iconic Pink Floyd
album, it might be time to redecorate. Show the world that you can be psychedelic and original with these albums. At first, some of them are kind of hard to look at, but you'll soon find yourself strangely staring at them for hours.
1. Phosphene Dream by The Black Angels
To be completely honest, when I was a teenager I used my Christmas iTunes gift card on this album not because I really loved the tunes but because I couldn't stop looking at the cover art. Listen to closing track "The Sniper" when you want to zone out for awhile.
2. Turn Blue by The Black Keys
The pink and blue swirl of this piece of album art makes me want to stare at a record spinning around and around and around. The hypnotic cover perfectly mirrors the sounds on the album. Listen to "Year in Review" when you're busy studying for finals to carve out a little bit of bluesy zen in your sea of stress.
3. Melophobia by Cage the Elephant
Created by frequent Cage the Elephant collaborator R. Clint Colburn, the cover of Melophobia
is actually a many-sided painted clay sculpture set against a backdrop. You can watch Colburn bring this strange melting person to life while you spin out to Teeth when your roommate isn't home.
4. Strangers to Ourselves by Modest Mouse
At first glance, this Modest Mouse album art looks like an abstract spider web. It's actually a satellite photo of the Venture Out RV Resort in Mesa, Arizona. Listen to "The Best Room" because you now have exactly that.
5. Currents by Tame Impala
The only thing trippier than the cover of Currents
is the music on the album, and the only thing trippier than the music on the album is the music video for "The Less I Know The Better."
6. We Will Reign by The Last Internationale
This art may be cool, but the fact that this band is known for its activism for Native American rights gives displaying this album on your wall a lot more meaning. Listen to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Indian Blood" before your next history class.
7. MASSEDUCTION by St. Vincent
The art on this cover blows my mind. There's something about putting those hot pink tights up against a crimson background that melts my brain. Also, butts are nice. And who's butt even is that? The world may never know.
8. Content by Joywave
Look to this album cover the next time your hand-me-down laptop crashes while you're in the middle of writing the last page of your final paper. At least this album cover is pretty. Listen to "When You're Bored" and you won't be.
9. Unravelling by We Were Promised Jetpacks
Tape this one up next to The Last Internationale's cover and you'll have a more cohesive collection than your snobby roommate's visual art portfolio. Listen to "Peaks and Troughs" because Adam Thompson may be "stone cold sober" but you sure aren't.
10. Fever Forms by The Octopus Project
At the end of a long day, nothing beats staring into the all-seeing-eye of this Illuminati-meets-arts-and-crafts-project. It may know all, but you know a lot of stuff too. You're in college, after all. Listen to "Whitby" for good vibes that remind you that "your health is so sexy." Take care of yourself, kid.