VNYL Subscription Box Review – January 2017
VNYL is a pretty interesting subscription service for record collectors. When you sign up for this service, you fill out a lengthy profile that includes not only your likes and dislikes but also links to all of your profiles on digital audio services such as Spotify and Sound Cloud. They then ask you to choose a “#VIBE,” which is an activity that you would like them to select the music for, such as studying or pool party. They then select 3 new albums and send to you based on all these criteria.
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The Subscription Box: VNYL
The Cost: $39 a month
The Products: Three BRAND NEW records chosen by a curator specifically for you, based on your profile, other digital audio services profiles, and selected “#VIBE” for that month
Ships to: U.S. (free), and UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, France, Canada at an additional cost
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
VNYL often sends a flyer advertising their new releases. One of the perks of membership is access to the member store, where they have a variety of albums for sale at a discount. Records purchased in the member store are shipped free with your next month’s regular shipment.
I chose #newyearsrevolution as my “#VIBE” for this month. My curator for this month was Alaysia Sierra (pictured above). She writes:
“Hey Anna, Welcome Back! Let’s start this #newyearsrevolution with the full project from a band you loved from us, Dead Gaze with their fuzz rock vibed, ‘Easy Travels.’ Next up, I saw you were following the all-female quartet La Luz on Spotify so here’s their 2nd LP inspired by Black Hole, ‘Weirdo Shrine.’ Then, settle into indie rocker John Vanderslice for the Neutral Milk Hotel fan in you. VIBE OUT! -Alaysia Sierra”
Mass Suicide Occult Figurines by John Vanderslice – Value $20.97 on Amazon
I have never had particularly strong feelings about John Vanderslice one way or the other, but I’m glad I gave it a closer listen. I think I’m not wild about his voice, but I like all the layers of sound and texture in this album. It has a deeper vibe than I gave it credit when I heard it long ago.
Weirdo Shrine by La Luz – Value $14.99 on Amazon
I am a huge fan of La Luz! I tend to shy away from female vocalists, but they are truly exceptional. This is a fantastic album that I did not already have, so I’m really happy! In addition to kicking vocals, they have a really cool retro sound.
Easy Travels by Dead Gaze – Value $15.65 on Amazon
Alaysia Sierra is correct – I do love Dead Gaze and was introduced to them through VNYL. This album is just as good as the other one, so I am thrilled to have it! They have a good fuzzy sound, but it’s not too distorted, and still easily rocking enough to still be very accessible.
Verdict: The day I get my VNYL in the mail is one of my favorite mail days all month! This month was another grand slam! I completely loved two of the albums, and really liked the third as well. The value this month totals about $52, which is awesome for a $36 box. I’m a huge VNYL fan, and I’ve discovered tons of great new music because of them.
What do you think of VNYL? What did you get this month?