Vinyl love: Elastica “Elastica”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Elastica
Album Title: Elastica
Year released: 1995
Year reissued: 2014
Details: Unofficial RSD release, red translucent vinyl

The skinny: Elastica was formed after Justine Frischmann broke up with Suede frontman Brett Anderson and left that group. Elastica only ever released two albums before breaking up in 2001 but the only one of these ever worth discussing is the debut. There were rumours that boyfriend at the time, Damon Albarn, wrote most of the material and there were those that slagged it for sounding too much like Wire but I really loved this album for what it was. Sixteen tracks of Britpop bliss.

Standout track: “Connection”

Vinyl love: The Decemberists “Picaresque” (incl. “Picaresqueties”)

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: The Decemberists
Album Title: Picaresque
Year released: 2005
Year reissued: 2015
Details: Gatefold sleeve, 2 x 180 gram, Red translucent vinyl, 10th anniversary, Limited edition, side ‘D’ includes “Picaresqueties EP”, Record Store Day 2015 exclusive, coloured booklet, postcards (so yeah, lots of photos below)

The skinny: Not only my favourite of The Decemberists but perhaps one of my favourite albums of all time. Why? A title taken from a literary subgenre. Fun hummable songs with diverse sounds. The same literary songwriting we’ve come to expect from their first two albums. Stories ranging from failed high school sports careers, romantic trysts with spies, star-crossed lovers, and of course, a revenge that is finally accomplished within the belly of a whale. This is reissue is an example of how they all should be done, coloured vinyl, bonus EP filled with rarities and plenty of extra stuff.

Standout track: “The mariner’s revenge song”