Vinyl Moon is a record club that produces monthly "mixtapes" pressed to fun colored vinyl for $30/month. They always come up with a fun way to deliver the music by featuring a new visual artist each month to design the cover and they usually come with extras like prints or stickers too. I've discovered a lot of new music I normally wouldn't have since the musical artists they highlight are lesser known.
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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 048 "Touch" 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''ll soon be available on Spotify too.
There's a booklet of liner notes that always has a creative description for "Touch" from Vinyl Moon founder, Brandon. Each page has a short bio of each band featured as well as the lyrics for their track. This month features 10 musical artists including Baron Fields, Beshken, Alexander Vincent, Caicos, Dark Mttr, The Secret Whistle, Byrum, Danseur, Small Culture, QOI.
Volume 048 of Vinyl Moon is entitled "Touch" and features the art of Moonmambo, hailing from Italy. What's great about the cover this month (in addition to the colorful abstract illustrations) is that it has a wonderful soft matte coating on it, which is perfect for the title.
This month also includes a bonus print in the same matte finish that you can frame and hang up. So cool!
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 creamy orange marble.
Side A is likable right away due to Baron Fields' dreamy soundscape, "Serotonin". The soothing jams continue through Beshken's track, "The Medicine" and Alexander Vincent's "Everything". Caicos brings in some upbeat-spa like guitar with soft vocals, while Dark Mttr closes out the side with a relaxing instrumental track.
Side B vibrates with The Secret Whistle's flowing track, "A Talk Inside the Piano" and continues with the vocal stylings of Byrum. LA-based Danseur gets the toes tappin' with "Amnesiac", Small Culture serves up some acoustic softness in their track "Bye" and QOI finishes up this month's compilation with a lyricless and sample-heavy offering called "Need Want".
Verdict: This might be my favorite Vinyl Moon to date. Almost every track has fuzzy vibes that are perfect for my need to relax or concentrate, based on the time of day. I can see myself pulling this out on a fall evening to fill my house with soft sound.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but a different cream marble 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 (as soon as they upload it). Just search "Vinyl Moon" in albums to find it.
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Have you heard any of the Vinyl Moon compilations? What do you think?