Elise LeGrow,
The TVD First Date

“My vinyl collection is dearer to me now more than ever.”

In the mp3/streaming age there’s something incredibly special about holding an album in your hands. And you end up handling your favourites a lot. They get worn from use, evidence of your love or perhaps that of the previous owner.

My Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 4-side anthology is one of my favourite LPs, and it’s got the bruises to prove it. I bought it used at a record store in Toronto and it was in mint condition then. The once bright purple edges of the cover are now well-worn, exposing the brown fibre beneath, and one is even chewed a bit by an old roommate’s cat (my cat would never!) But when you love a record, it’s always out and so always at risk of injury by man and beast alike!

I can only hope that one day my own album should show such signs of affection in someone’s collection. The other day I held my debut LP in my hands for the first time—complete with cellophane and sticker—and suddenly it all felt real.

At a show, your melodies float up into the air and then they’re gone. But now I’ve got proof, an artifact of both the years of work behind me and the immense job ahead.”
Elise LeGrow

Elise LeGrow’s debut release Playing Chess is in stores as of today, February 16, 2018 via S-Curve Records / Awesome Music—on vinyl.

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