Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – March 2017
The Vinyl Me, Please mission statement is to “…help people explore, experience, and enjoy music on a deeper level.” They curate an incredible experience around an album each month, and members get access to all sorts of bonus online content throughout the month.
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The Subscription Box: Vinyl Me, Please
The Cost: US – $27 per month / $75 per 3 months / $284 per year
International – $44 per month / $120 per 3 months / $450 per year
The Products: A specially selected limited edition vinyl LP, a cocktail recipe to be paired with the music, an original piece of art, access to “The Standard” (VMP’s online magazine), access to forums, special deals on other albums
Ships to: Everywhere, cost included in membership
Ships via: USPS
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This month’s album is “Yours Conditionally” by Tennis. Tennis is the husband-and-wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Reilly. In early 2016 they decided to take a sailing journey on the Pacific ocean in hopes to find inspiration for a new album. This is the album that came from that experience! You can really feel the 90+ days at sea come through in the music, and it’s all enhanced by this incredible presentation.
The vinyl itself is exclusive to this release. It’s a beautiful half and half pink and blue, and immediately reminded me of a mixed bag of cotton candy. I really liked the minimalist design on the labels. The music itself is beautiful and parts of the album remind me of modern-day yacht rock (pun.. sort of intended), while others find Alaina channeling Stevie Nicks (see “Baby Don’t Believe”).
Packed inside the gatefold is a wonderful book that’s also exclusive to this release, documenting the Pacific journey, insights into the writing process, and features tons of amazing photos. This was a really cool item and was great to leaf through as I listened to the album.
Included in the Vinyl subscription every month is a piece of art inspired by the album. This month’s print was created by Luca Ventner, who also shot all the photographs for the album and booklet.
Also included each month is a recipe for a cocktail inspired by the album. This month’s cocktail was created by the band and was their “sundowner” (more info on the card) and was their celebratory drink after finishing Yours Conditionally. The cocktail itself was wonderful; crisp and sweet, and the fresh cucumber flavor made everything pop. I sipped this through just a few songs, but since this recipe was super quick and easy I’m planning on enjoying plenty of these in the future.
There’s a sweet vinyl logo sticker in this month’s box too!
Vinyl Me, Please 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.
Verdict: This is my first month reviewing Vinyl Me, Please and I have to say I am really impressed. I was not a Tennis fan before this, but I really enjoyed this album! I think the value is 100% there based on exclusivity alone, not to mention the packaging experience. It’s amazing, and the cocktail was a perfect accompaniment. If this month was any indication, I’m really looking forward to what they have in store for future installments.
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