VNYL Subscription Box Review #squadghouls
VNYL is a monthly subscription for discovery and curation of your vinyl record collection. When you sign up for this service, you’ll fill out a lengthy profile that includes your likes and dislikes. From there, you can also link your profiles on digital audio services like Spotify and Sound Cloud – this will help with curating your record selection each month.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
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 service 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!
Each month, you’ll have to select a vibe. There are two types of vibes, curated vibes and non-curated vibes. With a non-curated vibe, you’ll see the 3 records you’ll receive in your shipment, with the curated vibe, it’s a total mystery – the VNYL crew will choose the 3 records based on the vibe in conjunction with your musical taste.
There are Spotify playlists attached to each vibe – so you can get a good idea of what bands a specific hashtag might correlate to – I love this aspect of it!
The other thing to mention about vinyl albums these days – you typically get a digital download card with each album – so you’re getting the best of both worlds, and I love that about modern vinyl.
This month, I’ve gone with the curated vibe – #squadghouls!
It comes with a handwritten note from your personal curator. I’ve always found this to be a nice touch – and more than enough info to understand the picks!
It comes with a ‘new vinyl’ calendar for you collecting needs and a few little stickers!
Chelsea Light Moving – Self-Titled
The first of three albums this month was formed from the breakup of the great Sonic Youth.
This 2013 album is the first from Thurston Moore’s latest band!
VNYL delivers new, but standard, vinyl – so you shouldn’t expect exclusive variants too too much – although, last month featured an exclusive pressing – it’s few and far between.
I had high hopes for the album because I’ve always been a Thurston Moore fan. After a few second of Sleeping Where I Fall, you’ll be reminded of why you love that Thurston sound so much! This was my easy favorite of the month.
Warbly Jets – Self-Titled
My second album was also a first album for the group – it’s Warbly Jets’ 2017 self-titled release.
I’m trying to figure out a way to describe the music and the best I can come up with is an Indie-er Pop Rock. I get a lot of Tame Impala from the sound – overall, it was a good listen.
Jen Cloher – Self-Titled
It’s a self-titled album month! The last album comes from Jen Cloher – the 2017 self-titled album is her 4th.
I loved the look of this pressing. Clean and pristine.
Within the first few minutes, all I could think of was “Is that Courtney Barnett?” – she has a very distinct style and voice, so it HAD to be – upon closer inspection, Courtney Barnett is part of the band and Kurt Vile feature on a few tracks of the album! This was a big hit for me, as well – one of my favorite parts of the subscription is being surprised by albums – this one qualifies.
Verdict: This month was pretty good to me – I didn’t receive anything that I had already owned and I was surprised by some new artists that I hadn’t listened to yet – the perfect recipe for a successful VNYL month! I will say, they’ve done a really good job of finding albums within my preferred genres each and every month so far!
What did you think of the #squadghouls VNYL delivery? What vibes have you selected?