VNYL Subscription Box Review – December 2016
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: $36 per 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: US (free), and UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, France, Canada at an additional cost
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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 #fallback as my “#VIBE” for this month. My curator for this month was Jay (pictured above). He writes:
“Hey Anna, It’s Jay again! Since you’re looking for some psych, check out critically acclaimed debut from the funky Tame Impala-adjacent band Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Plus, the aptly named stoner rock band Weed and the solo project Miserable who turns gloomy fuzz into something gorgeous. Enjoy your #fallback box! Jay”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Value $16.19 on Amazon
I have heard of New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but I had no idea! This sounds amazing! I love it! This is their self-titled debut from 2011. It is so fuzzy and rocking!
This album included a cool little mini-poster, too!
Uncontrollable by Miserable – Value $20.54 on Amazon
Wow, this album gives a whole new meaning to the term “emo.” I actually love it, and I think it’s so beautiful, but boy is it sad! Do you ever get really sad, and you just want to kind of embrace it? Instead of immediately trying to cheer up? You maybe need a minute to just be sad? This is the perfect album for that. This is a 2016 release from Bay Area artist Kristina Estfandiari, a.k.a. Miserable.
Running Back by Weed – Value $20.59 on Amazon
The other two albums were phenomenal, so this was my least favorite of the three, but I still really liked it! It a little more straightforward, but still fuzzy and under-produced.
Verdict: The day I get my VNYL in the mail is one of my favorite mail days all month! This month was a grand slam! I completely loved two of the albums, and really liked the third as well. The value this month totals $57.32, 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?