Vinyl Moon Review – Volume 045


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Vinyl Moon Review June 2019

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!

Vinyl Moon box with record peeking through

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Group Shot of pink vinyl and tro-gatefolder jacket for Vinyl Moon Imaginary Windows

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!

Ships: Worldwide

Good to Know: Remaining stock is available later as a one-time purchase in their shop if you missed out!

Vinyl Moon Volume 045 “Imaginary Windows” Review

Around the time of receiving your vinyl, you’ll also be emailed a digital copy of the mixtape to take on-the-go so you can listen even when not near a turntable. It’s also available on Spotify here!

  • Front of Vinyl Moon Imaginary Windows Booklet

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  • page 1 of Vinyl Moon Imaginary Windows Booklet

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  • page 2 of Vinyl Moon Imaginary Windows Booklet

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  • back of Vinyl Moon Imaginary Windows Booklet

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    There’s a booklet of liner notes that begins with an interesting story from Vinyl Moon founder, Brandon. Each page has a short bio of each band featured. This month showcases 10 up and coming bands like Yank Scally, Andrew Applepie, Bronze Whale, Birch, Bastien Keb, Van Common, Attica Riots, Kita Menari, Love in October, and Bill Nickson. You’ll also find a bio on the Mexico-based featured artist, Daniel Barreto, who does all of the art for this month’s release.

    • Cover of Vinyl Moon Imaginary Windows Gatefold jacket

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    • Prints sliding out of the center of the gatefold jacket

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    • Back of gatefold jacket

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      Volume 045 of Vinyl Moon is entitled “Imaginary Windows” and when you open the tri-gatefold record jacket you’ll see how they have cleverly incorporated that theme into the design. In the center, there’s a little window frame that contains two prints from Daniel Barreto.

      • Front of Print #1

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      • Back of Print #1

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      • Front of Print #2

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      • Back of Print #1

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        The two prints are both double-sided so that you can either leave them in the record jacket and switch them around as you see fit, or even hang them as art. Each one uses vibrant colors with yellows, pinks, blues, reds, greens, and purples. They’re graphic-heavy and use different shapes to create dreamy landscapes that match Brandon’s story from the booklet.

        Vinyl Moon Exclusive Color Hype Sticker on cover

        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. This month’s variant is a pink swirl that really pops!

        • Side A of pink swirl vinyl

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        • Side B of pink swirl vinyl

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          Side A of this month’s compilation kicks off with a murky yet foot-tapping electronic offering from Yank Scally and glides into the lighter “Sun Go Down” by Andrew Applepie with breathy lyrics. As you move on through the grooves of the record, you’re met with more dreamy indie pop that would make great music for a cafe to drown out people typing away on their laptops while still allowing you to carry on a conversation. It’s not aggressive or whelming and you can tell that all of the artists are just here to have a good time. Throughout the rest of the album, you’ll find slow to medium tempos that use drum machines and other electronic elements to get a groove across without causing an all-out dance party to erupt. Just some gentle swaying is in order here.

          Verdict: Vinyl Moon has perfected the art of the modern playlist with help from a classic format. They have once again delivered fresh music from the depths of the internet and found a great artist to back it up.

          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 on Spotify if you’re so inclined.

          Check all of our Vinyl Moon reviews and find more Vinyl Subscription Boxes in our directory.

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          Written by Marne Orenich

          Marne Orenich

          Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, natural skin care products, and anything with food.

          Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Vinyl Moon Reviews| Tags: vinyl moon | 1 comment

          1 Comment

          1. Wow might just be me but some of those pictures are very provocative lol. Especially number 3. Oh my.
            I also grew up on mix tapes in the 80’s and 90’s…good times.

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