We won’t go super geeky on you, but there’s something in the vinyl format that allows you to hear more and feel more. While it may be a “placebo” to some naysayers, it’s all there. The first time I heard my favorite records on vinyl, it surely got me excited again. They just sound new and fresh. A cymbal or crash is suddenly present, and you can hear the singer’s breath now. Heck, you can hear the small nuances within the songs that make for an interesting experience. You can also try it on headphones for an even bigger soundscape!
Vinyl is an artform by itself. Given its comeback, artists are putting more emphasis on the album packaging and how it’s presented to the discerning fan. The 12-inch format has way more room for the artists to extensively display their visuals that are supposed to lock in with the music. Vinyl’s format lets music enthusiasts sit back and stare at the album covers, read the liner notes and just embrace the audio visual experience altogether.
Just like comics, action figures, and sneakers, vinyl record collecting will bring you to a deep rabbit hole. Album releases offer colored versions and patterns like swirl marble, bloody red, and even holograms on the records themselves. Also, some copies are store exclusives and numbered. Good luck on keeping just one version of your favorite record. That won’t be possible now!
The Thrill Of The Hunt
You know what’s more exciting than new records? The vintage, classic ones! Imagine finding a mint condition printing of an iconic abum that’s older than you? Imagine how many hands the record passed by? It’s crudely like meeting a living legend with a hundred stories to tell. There are so many vintage record stores to visit online as they post their selections often, but be quick as they get swiped by collectors fast!
The Cool Factor
Pretty much a no-brainer, one can claim 100 records under his name better than some guy with 100 downloaded albums right? Plus, they are definitely instagram worthy! Place the album covers on a coffee table and shoot away. Vinyl has always been a mainstay in one’s hip “must haves” list.
You know another cool thing to do? Stand up and flip the record over! It’s just so cool to do that!
With all that being said, NOW is the perfect time to invest in a player, and some titles as we are mostly locked up in our homes, the new normal needs a soundtrack, be the DJ! Play music and be safe!