Keep in Touch is a subscription service that sends a monthly postcard that you can play on your turntable! It's a really unique concept that harkens back to the flexi disc era of the 1980's.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription: Keep in Touch
The Cost: $65 per year
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
Good to know: Subscriptions are currently SOLD OUT!
This was the eighth mailing from Keep In Touch. It came late in the month, and I was suprised to see that they also included the postcard for September! That was probably a smart move on their part to save shipping costs.
Anyway, after February's mailing, I decided to stop trying to play these on my record player. They play really, really poorly, and I'm afraid they will damage my system somehow. Fortunately, Keep in Touch also gives you a download of each song, so you don't have to play it on your record player at all.
On the other hand, I am really into the artwork! Especially in this unique square record format! I have been saying since the beginning that I plan to make some artwork out of these to place above my stereo, and now I only have three left to get in my subscription. Expect a picture when I'm finished! I like this photograph, taken by Matthew Greely. I like scenes of urban decay (the phenomenon, not the make-up).
August's song is "Fool on the Street" by The So So Glos. This is one of the few times they have included straight-ahead rock 'n' roll as their selection. I like it! It has a cool beat.
It's rare, but once in a while I don't like the artwork on the flexi-disc, and this is one of those times. I think there's only been one other. There's no note on who the artist is.
September's song is great, though! It's called "Alone With Girls" by Sadie Dupuis, and it's the kind of female alt-rock that reminds me of the Breeders and other 90's songstresses. I also like the note she wrote on the postcard. It says:
"Hiya! Here's a lil note reminding you to hug someone ya love today - yr friends, yr family, even yr self! Love, Sadie Dupuis"
The Verdict: I am a big fan of Keep In Touch! For a very low price, you get one song paired with a work of art every month. It's a wonderful bargain! I liked both songs this month, and only one of the disc art pieces wasn't to my liking.
What do you think of Keep in Touch?