The 7” single was for many who grew up in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s all part of the teenage musical experience. Unable to afford the full album, getting a single of your current favourite song was a complete thrill. You could then build up your collection of singles like a curator.
But rather than the more throwaway habit of a Spotify tracklist or even a mixtape, it was a far more physical, tangible and, in a way, intimate association and interaction with music.
And while the 7” single may now be a thing of the past, its format and the paper sleeves that contained them—which were so much part of owning one—are celebrated by British artist Morgan Howell.