My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
by Kanye West (2010)
Brief audio clips available at Amazon.
Visually, this album was pretty extraordinary. There was great cohesion, a sort of backdrop that flowed throughout, and in front of that there were subtle changes from track to track, mainly a result of the guest artists whose different vocal styles and timbres added different layers and colors. The general backdrop was a deep ashen color, variations of grey, with pulsing black waves which had a sheen like burnt wood the day after a fire. These deep colors seemed to undulate and intertwine throughout the album, sometimes with more pulse but usually very gentle, smooth, and flowing.
Waves 8x10 photograph
by Vince Photo $15
Grey and Black Long Cardigan
by Faye Faye Yang $49
Sand Patterns 8x10 photograph
by Flanders Field $25
Modern Ruffles Slate Grey Blouse
by Dyana's Designs $58
Just to give a sense of the colors that wove their way into the backdrop, here are some items representative of specific tracks. Monster, which features Jay-Z and many others, adds muted olive greens and browns to the mix, almost like camouflage.
Richter III print of original abstract painting
by Studio Marlene $12
Vintage Brown and Green Tomboy Style Oxfords
from Beta Boutique $44
Runaway, featuring Pusha T, has this unique opening piano line which is almost threatening at the beginning in it's plodding regularity. By the end of the track a more clearly defined major key tonality develops, and suddenly the piano seems brighter and more uplifting. It's interesting to see how the opening, enveloped in ominous maroons among the ashen waves, shifts into light lavenders.
Tempest original painting
by Tina Mammoser $640
Vintage 1980s Silk Scarf
from Kim Vintage $20
from Kim Vintage $20
That concludes my look at Pitchfork's top ten albums of 2010. I'll return to looking at relationships between music, art, and fashion tomorrow based on whatever inspires me that particular day. But let me know if you have requests! A particular artist you'd like to see featured? Just leave a comment a let me know! Thanks!
GET THE LOOK: KANYE WEST
Kanye West has a pretty well-chronicled fashion evolution that brought him to his current designer-suit-at-all-times look. He's become a regular at fashion events, and this past fall was seen at the Rodarte spring 2011 show which was one of my personal favorites of New York fashion week. He has made efforts to single-handedly alter the look of the hip hop world with his "Rosewood movement" (hence the suits). And though it may not be catching on among other artists, West is honestly one of the best dressed male celebrities around these days. Here are some pieces to help capture his look, without the thousand dollar price tag.
Power Shoulder Tailored Boyfriend Blazer by ASOS $112
Vintage Louis Vuitton Damier Tote from Fashion Forward $99
Adidas Originals Forum Mid Fashion Sneaker from Endless $60
Raglan Knit Top from Forever 21 $10