Keep in Touch Subscription Review – February 2015
Keep in Touch is a brand new subscription service that sends a monthly postcard that you can play on your turntable! How unique! I was completely intrigued when I heard about this subscription, and rushed out to get a subscription for myself and my best friend.
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The Subscription: Keep in Touch
The Cost: $65 per year (at this time, they appear to only do annual subscriptions)
The Products: One postcard per month featuring original artwork and a song that can be played on your turntable, plus an mp3 download code for the song.
Ships to: US
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This was the second mailing from Keep in Touch, and I was dying to get it and see if my predictions would come true that I made from the first mailing. It turns out I was right! They sent another copy of January’s record along with this one, and this time they sent them in a firm mailer. So, both cards arrived perfectly flat and in pristine condition and guess what? Still completely unplayable. I could hear a little bit of the song with a lot of noise, but it skipped a lot also. I worry about my turntable and the effect that something like this might have on the needle, so I won’t be trying to play these anymore.
On the other hand, the artwork is once again a big hit with me! I love it!
This month’s song is “Rain” by Ava Luna. It’s a very easygoing R&B piece. I like the song okay, but I kind of hate R&B, so the tune itself was a miss. It’s important to note, though, that you get an mp3 of the song as well as the “playable” postcard, so you still get a listenable copy for your music player.
Verdict: I thought this was such an amazing concept when I heard about it. I am really bummed that it didn’t work out as they had planned! I’m in it for the year, so I plan to download the mp3’s and just collect the postcards for some fun wall art above my turntable. Honestly, the music is all new and pretty good (although obviously everyone will like some songs more than others), and the artwork so far has been oustanding, so that makes it worth the $5 per month to me. I really wish they would just start sending a postcard with artwork on it plus a plastic flexi-disc like the ones they had in the 80’s. Then we could enjoy the vinyl aspect as well! I would be tempted to try and take the paper portion off to see if the disc would play then, but the artwork is too beautiful! This one’s a hard call to make.