With streaming services providing 40,000 singles each day, the pressure to stand out is overwhelming – and it seems that albums are not part of the plan for the future in the industry.
But the way we consume music has changed. And changes everyday.
With our attention spans shrinking to the same as a fish, music has become more consumption-based as opposed to a more musicality-based concept. For avid listeners to return, singles are being the dominant force – and albums? Albums are being left in the dark. Now, albums are merely littered with fillers, covering a mediocre concept story for the explosive single that carries the whole damn thing. There is always a certain song that someone skips or a certain part of the album that they miss completely.
Personally, I enjoy the whole listening of the album, it makes the music present itself in a different light, bringing up new concepts, ideas and feelings to the music – where you may not have if you listened to the single on its own. After all, there is a reason why those concept albums from the likes of Pink Floyd and The Beatles are some of the most loved albums in the past decade. There is a reason to play the whole thing. The beauty of an unrefined, raw album where the songs slot beautifully against one another. I guess it’s a bit like listening to Audible.