Vinyl Moon Subscription Box Review – Volume 043
Vinyl Moon is a record club that produces monthly “mixtapes” pressed to fun colored vinyl. They tend to feature up and coming bands that you may have not heard so it’s a great way to discover new music! I grew up making and receiving legitimate cassettes for/from friends and crushes in the 90s and early 00s so this whole idea really speaks to me since I’m also an avid record collector. While I still beg for friends to now make me Spotify playlists, they don’t always pull through and I don’t get to hear as much new music as I’d like. Very excited to get into this month’s volume!
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Vinyl Moon
The Subscription Box: Vinyl Moon
The Cost: $30 per month to the US (including shipping)
The Products: A themed and exclusively pressed vinyl mixtape record!
Good to know: Remaining stock is available later as a one-time purchase in their shop if you missed out!
Vinyl Moon Volume 043 “Electric Daze” Review
Around the time of receiving your vinyl, you’ll also be emailed a digital copy of the mixtape to take on-the-go.
If you’ve been an active member for 12 months, you’ll automatically become a VIP which entitles you to an exclusive color of vinyl. That’s a real treat for collectors like me who are always looking for the rarest variant. 😉
This month is bursting with color which goes perfectly hand-in-hand with the upbeat music vibes being featured.
Included is a booklet of liner notes that begins with an intro from Vinyl Moon founder, Brandon.
The inside and back have short bios for each band that appears on the record with the lyrics and their album cover art. It also has a bio of featured visual artist, Luke Pelletier.
The VIP color variant this time is a bright electric blue with a red stripe down the middle. This color isn’t available to purchase but you can still get the regular color variant for $30 in their shop here.
Side A kicks off strong for me with Yellow Shoots who immediately reminds me of Unknown Mortal Orchestra with his sultry R&B voice (reminiscent of Prince) backed with swirly electronic funk vibes. Alexander Bernard continues in that vein with “Sunnyside” as well while adding some psychedelic guitar. Okaywill captured my heart with his “bedroom pop” track that makes me want to shake my tush. Track 4 by Henry Nowhere also stood out to me as being in a similar realm to The Radio Dept. (whom I love) with his fuzzy lo-fi sound which coincidentally is also called out in his bio. Easter Island rounds out the first side with the epic “Always Room For Another” that really fills the room with soft yet commanding sound.
Side B continues the fun Springtime-windows-down-feeling with UK band Fever Days but takes a poppier post-punk vibe with Autonomics and Bengal Lancers. Creature Canyon brings is down a bit with some bluesy guitar while Kris Gruen plays us out with the upbeat jangly jam “Body In Motion” that has a slight twang to it.
Panther Patch by Luke Pelletier
Vinyl Moon tends to include a little goodie in each delivery. This time it’s in the form of this awesome patch using the cover art component of a black panther wearing retro pink sunglasses. This would make a great addition to any jean jacket or backpack.
Verdict: My first Vinyl Moon experience was hesitant at first since I am so picky about music but I was pleasantly surprised with how many tracks I loved. I’ll be adding these newfound artists to my Spotify playlists moving forward while cherishing the beautiful vinyl and artwork of the record. This subscription is perfect for the record collector who feels out of touch with new music and wants to discover more!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but a different variant of this one is available in their shop as a one-time purchase. You can also listen sans record to their digital playlist if you’re so inclined.
What do you think of the artists featured on Volume 043 of Vinyl Moon?