We must confess to regret some earlier statements on an upcoming ‘digital backlash’. To follow the Swedish authorities’ recommendations in the current situation on ‘social distancing, protection of our elderly and staying at home’ these times come in handy to look through own collection of different music media. The value and musical experience of our vinyl collection was yesterday increased with the help of, yes, digital tools. When going to the local records store doesn’t feel directly natural, purchases via the internet works very well. Deliveries take a few days more, but in this concrete example the 2 releases of the Helsingborg based punkrock band The Guilt was ordered and delivered within the week.
Let us here pass on the visual joy of receiving high quality and artistically created covers, sleeves and a transparent vinyl in the bands 1st album ‘The Guilt’ (Heptown Records, 2017, also includes free download) and the recently saluted ‘New Knives’ (Heptown Records, 2020) in a green version. And musically, well, an experience we must leave to the listener, but we recommend extremely highly volume.
Great initiatives to support musicians and culture workers are taken all over. A very inspiring article in the local paper HD.se was published yesterday and written by Stefan Lindqvist (Helsingborgs Dagblad, April 3, 2020). ‘You can never get too many band t-shirts’ is the translated heading. Local artists like the great Helsingborg based band, Bai Bang, makes ‘living room gigs’, which are published on the HD.se home page and can also be found via YouTube.
Soon enough we will be back in the record stores, to buy, with the coffee and the good talks about albums and concerts. Still, continue to support the musicians. Buy for home deliveries, stream and download. Again, an album to download normally and fairly cost 99SEK.