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First Date & Premiere, “Becalm”

“My father is a jazz musician, so music has always been a huge part of my life. I would go into summer music workshops at the college he was teaching at and hung out with older musician kids. Some of them would carry around LPs because there was a record player in the lounge. I was in middle school, so I wasn’t that into it. I was always more into CDs because carrying around a Discman seemed way cooler to me. That was my first experience with vinyl (beyond thinking it was for “old people,” as my 12-year-old self would say.)”

“When I got into my twenties, that’s when I started to appreciate vinyl records more and the value of actually owning them has. There’s something about the pops and crackles that emit from the record player as it spins the LP that is oddly comforting to listen to. It wasn’t until Stephanie, our singer, got me a record player for my birthday a few years back, that I started to actually collect records.

We live close to Amoeba on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, so I try to pop in there and find good deals. Most recently I found Tycho’s Dive LP barely used for $10.00, and also an original print of M83’s Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost Ghosts for $15.00. One of my proudest achievements was a four album Christmas set for $3.00. It had all of the C-List singers of the ’40s and ’50s singing the classics. I’ll cherish it for the rest of my life.

That’s what I like most about vinyl—you can collect them. They can hold more of a sentimental value than a piece of plastic (CD), or just a file or folder on your computer. There is also that visual appeal to it—being able to put the cover of the LP next to your record player as you’re listening and really submerge yourself into the experience. It’s a lot nicer to look at than a small plastic CD case or a cover on your iTunes.

With our first album coming out next month, we’d like to do a limited run of vinyl LPs. It’s becoming more affordable to print them locally in Los Angeles, so hopefully sometime in the fall we can get copies made. That’s what will really make this whole surreal experience of releasing an album feel real.”—Ryan Koch

“Becalm” is the third release from FLORALS’ upcoming album, Kin of Mine.

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