Vinyl Corner is a feature where we take a look at vinyl pressings of various albums and weigh them up to see just how good they sound, how well they’re pressed and what sort of packaging to expect – as well as giving a brief overview of the music itself.
Long-running British electro-folkers Tunng have returned after a half-decade hiatus, and the fruits of their new labour appear in the form of their latest long player, ‘Songs You Make At Night’. It’s an album likely to ring familiar bells for long term fans, although not to the point of feeling like a rehash. The group’s unique take on electronica remains, with synths and samples to the forefront of this cordial collection.
Released through the band’s decade-plus home at Full Time Hobby records, we’re looking at a slick, attractively presented blue vinyl limited edition here, although the standard black pressing should sound much the same. The blue wax itself looks nice – opaque in tone, it’s well pressed and appears free of strays streaks of other colours. In terms of playback, it’s equally impressive and sounds really good throughout. There’s actually very little to complain about here; the noise floor is minimal to the point of being practically inaudible, and sound is really clean across both sides. Our copy is free of pops or clicks upon playback and bears only the most minimal touch of distant surface noise and crackle in a few spots. In fact, such is the quality of this pressing that the only instances of crackle which we found to be clearly audible were actually intentional ones which came from some of the samples used across the album.
Packaging and presentation is really clean and tidy here, with an air of quality about the whole thing. The sleeve is a solid quality gatefold that boasts a reasonably large spine and good construction throughout. The cardstock used is not the heaviest, but nor is it unusually light and the sleeve still feels solid during handling. Print quality is excellent throughout and does justice to the tasteful, classy artwork. The typography and layout is also pleasing, with a slick, unfussy presentation which suits the album well. The record labels do the job nicely, too; they clearly mark which side is which and although they don’t bear a tracklist, the artwork used is attractive enough for this to not be an issue. The record does come in a generic non-polylined paper sleeve but, fortunately, it’s quite loose fitting and the wax can easily be removed without fear of surface scratching if handled carefully. So, although a polylined inner is still preferable, the one included here actually isn’t too bad at all. A download code is also included and the label have gone to the effort of including the barcode on a hype rather than printing it onto the sleeve itself, which is definitely appreciated as it keeps the visual aesthetic intact.
Overall, this is a great release throughout and one that’s easy to recommend to fans of the band. The pressing is really good quality and sounds great throughout, and the sleeve lives up to this with slick, tasteful presentation.