• Illustrated Cassette Cases of Your Favorite <strike>Love</strike> Songs

    The Beatles "Norwegian Wood"

  • Illustrated Cassette Cases of Your Favorite <strike>Love</strike> Songs

    Bjork "It's Oh So Quiet"

  • Illustrated Cassette Cases of Your Favorite <strike>Love</strike> Songs

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps"

  • Illustrated Cassette Cases of Your Favorite <strike>Love</strike> Songs

    Mazzy Star "Fade Into You"

  • Illustrated Cassette Cases of Your Favorite <strike>Love</strike> Songs

    Radiohead "True Love Waits"

  • Illustrated Cassette Cases of Your Favorite <strike>Love</strike> Songs

    Air "Playground Love"

  • Illustrated Cassette Cases of Your Favorite <strike>Love</strike> Songs

    Smashing Pumpkins "Luna"

  • Illustrated Cassette Cases of Your Favorite <strike>Love</strike> Songs

    Beach Boys "California Girls"

  • Illustrated Cassette Cases of Your Favorite <strike>Love</strike> Songs

    The Cure "Boys Don't Cry"

Illustrated Cassette Cases of Your Favorite Love Songs

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, expect a plethora of “romantic-themed” everything–from top ten gift ideas to romantic playlists curated by Buzzfeed. But art project This Is Not a Love Song is a bit more cynical than that–and cynicism happens to be what I’m all about. The project combines two of my favorite things (art and music) and shoves it into another of my favorite things (retro stuff). That’s right, we’re talking custom illustrated cassette tape cases. Each cassette tape is illustrated by an artist who picks a song as a blueprint for their cassette design. Some cassette designs feature lyrics written out comic book style, while others feature surrealist illustrations that are open to interpretation. The reason these aren’t love songs is because the songs “seek a truth more intimate and elusive than a love song,” according to their About page.

From Jay Z’s “99 Problems” to The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” the project combines the emotional feeling of connecting with music with the visual feeling of seeing the song manifested. According to their About page, they intentionally chose cassette tapes because of the new trend of young people being fascinated with analog music. However, my love for cassette tape art is a bit more superficial: I just find them really cute. As for the music featured in each “box” (because the cassette cases don’t actually feature cassettes–not like you have anything to play them on anyway), you can check out all the music in a compilation album being sold via Bandcamp.

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