Rachel Eckroth,
The TVD First Date

“I’ve recently rekindled my love for vinyl. After watching the CD format flourish and decline, and not loving the idea of earbuds in my ears or streaming music on my phone, I met a man with a record player.”

“Everything just fell into place and it just so happened that he had a lot of records I grew up listening to, and a ton of current stuff that I love. We now have a joint obsession with finding records that will warm our home and bring life to our little wooden house.

The experience of listening to vinyl is similar to having a home cooked meal or planting a garden. It is so down to earth. It is as simple as it gets with music these days. Lately, I’m looking for ways to feel simply human again. Putting records on, and I suppose it’s the intention of the inventors of the medium, feels like a way to escape or find yourself.

I just opened the ‘new’ John Coltrane Both Directions At Once, The Lost Album and listened while I laid on the couch. The wood beams that my house is made of soak up the sound so beautifully it’s as if these walls were only meant to hear music that way. Next on the playlist is U2 The Unforgettable Fire then Resurgam by Fink, which I’ve been listening to a lot lately.

I grew up listening to my parents’ record collection, and scored a few of my own from a neighborhood dumpster that my siblings and I wore out, but I never appreciated the aural experience the way I do now. As a kid, I was soaking up the content, to eventually become a musician myself, but now I can sit and appreciate the work and artistry that someone put into an album.

When I started recording my new album, When It Falls, I decided to absolutely put it out on vinyl. The factory sent 5 test pressings to check out and the beautiful thing about it is no two discs sounded exactly alike. That means when you buy an album on vinyl, it will have its own set of pops and crackles and there will be no other like it in the world.”
Rachel Eckroth

Rachel Eckroth’s new full-length release, When It Falls arrives in stores on October 19, 2018—on vinyl.

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