Vinyl has been the beneficiary of our innate need for the inclusion of tradition and nostalgia in our modern lives. In 1977 vinyl sales reached their highest, since then sales have gradually decreased to being virtually non-existent in the music market in 2005, making the vinyl merely an outdated way of playing music. However, naturally when something becomes near enough dead in the water we have this dominant need within us to revive it.
Over the last 10 years the sales of vinyl have progressively increased. This was most noticeable in 2015 when sales dramatically increased by 56% year-on-year according to the BPI (British Phonographic Industry); and reached their biggest sales total since 1994. It may seem astounding considering the current predominance of streaming music. Having said that, it could be argued that the way we listen to music has changed so much, that we want something different from commercialised and synthetic notion of today’s music that we can’t help but feel. The scratchy perfect imperfections of a vinyl offers us an escape from the boring clarity of modern music caused by digital editing and auto tune.
The love of records will never completely go as long as there are people who love music. It is the first and foremost way music was captured for our ears. Records are wonderful artefacts to collect. Many find it hard to resist thumbing through a box of vinyl, enjoying the artwork style and design and even its smell.
The joy of vinyl is not just their warm sound, their unique distortions, scratching and hissing, which adds the individual character of each record – it is the physical interaction with the analogue technology you need to play them. It is the fulfilling experience of putting a record on a turntable and then flipping it over to indulge in the music on the other side. Vinyl is a lifestyle and every vinyl lover needs some old school audio equipment to complete their vibe. Well preserved console stereos from the 60s and 70s are fully functioning conversation pieces giving the most uninviting of rooms an element of reminiscence and an added verve. A great investment for today and years to come. And the sound they produce has a warmth, richness and power that will give that extra boom to every baseline.