VNYL Subscription Box Review #wildfire
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.
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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 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
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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 – #wildfire!
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 an insert to show off some newly available vinyl.
And a little theme sticker!
Ok – on to the music!
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
This album was written around about the death of his parents – and it’s one of Sufjan Stevens’ best albums.
It has the real scene-setting artwork all over – getting you into the vibe of the album, which, of course, isn’t extremely rosy.
Overall, it’s absolutely beautiful music – that’s almost a certainty with Sufjan Stevens – but this was also one of the best albums of 2015! The downside – I already own this record, so it’ll be gifted.
The Waterfall – My Morning Jacket
The handwritten note mentions that the curator missed this album when it came out in 2015 – which works for me because I feel the same way! I’ve forgotten a bit about My Morning Jacket after It Still Moves and Z hit – so I was really excited to give this a spin.
It comes with a nice insert with more artwork and lyrics.
This is a really nice 180-gram record, too – you’ll be able to notice immediately when you put it on the turntable.
Overall – it felt like a more mature version of their early work. it’s not completely different, not even close, but it feels like they’ve taken what really defines their sound and refined it a bit. It was a great pick for me!
We Have No Friends? – Surf Rock Is Dead
The first thing to note about this pressing is that the bone white record is exclusive to VNYL – which is cool – I hope to see more of this in the future!
This one turned out to be my least favorite of the month – I think it did fit my taste profile a bit, but there was nothing that had me wanting to give this another spin. It happens when you’re in it for music discovery!
Verdict: This is the second delivery in a row that I’ve received an album that I own – it’s a definite risk you’ll run if you have a decent collection. But, they’re definitely hitting the right notes with my musical taste profile – I haven’t received anything that I’ve felt was way in left field – and I’ve exclusively chosen vibes that are 100% curated. This is a fun subscription if you’re just starting a collection or if you’re looking for a bit of musical discover outside of any digital options.
What did you think of the #wildfire VNYL delivery? What vibes have you selected?
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