Hello! One move and one emergency surgery later, I’m back to spread my views across the internet. We’re starting with an unboxing and will hopefully move on to some book reviews later in the week. Today we’re taking a look at VNYL, a subscription company that mails out music on vinyl records. These days, this is how I collect the music I love. It’s nostalgic and fun and today’s LPs sound better than their predecessors. You won’t find much hissing and popping on 180 gram vinyl.
VNYL sends you three curated records based on your own personal likes and dislikes. You can link your account to your Discogs list so they know what you already own and you can also link to your Spotify account so they know what you listen to on a regular basis. If you don’t have either of those, no worries. There’s a page where you can write down your favorite and least favorite bands and genres and you can adjust it as the subscription moves forward if you find that you’re not getting what you enjoy. After all of that is logged in, you choose from a list of “vibes” so they know what mood you’re in for music that month.
So, up top you’ll see the protective box the records shipped in. Inside, as always, were a sheet of paper advertising other vinyl you can buy from them, a note from my curator, and a sticker based on the vibe I chose. The note explains what they chose for you and sometimes why.
This month I received the following three records: Love’s Crushing Diamond by Mutual Benefit, The Heart Speaks in Whispers by Corinne Bailey Rae and The Prince and the Duke by Republican Hair. Two of these bands were new to me, which is great. I purposely asked the company to send me music I haven’t heard of so I can expand my horizons a bit. I love discovering new tunes.
The Mutual Benefit album is relaxing and pretty. Definitely something I could work to. Republican Hair’s record is actually a special print where one side is songs from the album High and Tight and the other is songs influenced by Prince and David Bowie. It was a fun mix with a good beat. Corinne Bailey Rae was the one artist in this shipment that I’d heard of previously. I enjoyed her first album, so I was excited to try this one out. It’s a bit jazzy, a bit mellow and full of beautiful vocals.
Overall, I’d give this box 5 stars. VNYL always does an excellent job picking music I’ll like. They really take care to read through your interests and pick something along the same lines. If you don’t like to experiment with your music, you can choose to have them only send you music from artists you specifically mention or have on your Spotify list. I find it more fun to get a few surprises though.
5 out of 5 stars