Name: “Marrow Siren”
Release date: January 2018
Favorite track: LaCore's "Skulls"
“Marrow Siren” is a beaut.
I’m being presumptuous, but Vinyl Moon’s Vol. 29 might be the prettiest record in my collection. If you don’t know what Vinyl Moon is, let me explain.
Vinyl Moon is a vinyl subscription service, in which you pay a monthly fee to receive a different exclusive vinyl record each month. Each record is basically a giant mix CD featuring undiscovered musicians of different genres. As an added bonus, a new visual artist designs an elaborate sleeve and colored vinyl.
I was skeptical of these subscription services at first, but when I saw “Marrow Siren,” the decision was made. Now that I have the physical copy in my hands, it’s safe to say I’m what you call a lifer (in it for life).
The music on “Marrow Siren” took me from “My, she’s a beaut,” to “This is a great record.” Before I dive in, you can listen to the songs featured on this record here.
I apologize in advance for the cliché, but this 10-track record is right up my alley. There is nothing I love more than A) Discovering new music. B) Listening to new music someone else discovered for me.
The record kicks off with LaCore’s “Skulls,” a tantalizing track that channels my love of English rock band The Smiths, yet quenches my thirst for indie pop rock. Add this to your playlist immediately.
The album holds its intensity with Sego’s diverse “Whatever Forever.” In only three minutes, I thought of the Go Go’s “We Got the Beat,” Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper” and Sparks’ “Perfume.” But, it works.
Bewilderbeast’s “Do a Breakdown” is a dancey song. I can picture myself doing my makeup to this song before a night out, then arriving late because …”Sorry, the party was at my house.”
At this point, I was ready for the album to switch gears, and it did.
Rattlerette’s “In the Black” still falls in the indie-pop category, but it’s notably modern, radio-ready and catchy. I don’t know if I’m qualified, but I deem this band “up and coming.”
The A-side loses no traction as it concludes with Wages’ “Rattlesnake,” another catchy indie-pop track. It features soft vocals paired with an alternative-rock riff, just like basically all my favorite songs in high school. It’s nostalgic, and I dig it.
The B-side had me at hello.
The first song is called “Bangs,” which I really like. Aaron Taos sings his heart out to a woman he refers to as “Bangs,” but acknowledges he has to give up on her. Don’t worry Taos, there are a million hairstyles where that came from.
The second half of songs is more low-key than the first.
Loyal Lobos’ “The Fall” is the first and only song featuring predominantly female vocals. The South-American-based singer-songwriter has sweet vocals and adds a folk dimension to the album.
The next band featured is called Vacances, which is French for holidays. The indie rock band revives my love of Joy Division and New Order, while giving me a touch of Vampire Weekend.
The B-side finishes with Psymon Spine’s “Lines and Lines and Lines End.” This is one of those indie rock songs in which the singer kind of yells in your face and you just keep asking for it.
Nothing calls to me more than the concept of the siren.
In Greek mythology, sirens’ singing voices lured sailors to shipwreck. Fun fact, Radiohead mentions sirens in my favorite Radiohead song, “There, There.”
When I saw this volume was titled “Marrow Siren” and featured incredible artwork of a skeleton mermaid, it called to me. Marcos Navarro was the visual artist, so if you like this, go check out his Instagram @marcosnavarroart.
The vinyl is a gorgeous deep-sea blue with kelp marbling. It’s stunning to look at. The record also comes with an over-sized siren tarot card featuring the image of a flying skeleton.
You can’t always judge a record by its sleeve, but in this case you can.
Hey, I'm Savannah. I collect records, and they collect dust. Like my preferred media form, I strive to not become obsolete. I created Off the Record as a way to turn my mind inside out, into something visual and tangible. One is the loneliest number, so I asked my friends to join.