Sunday, December 8, 2013

Vinyl Feature: Cara Neir's Portals to a Better, Dead World

Since destroying my turntable's needle, I haven't had the opportunity to spin my precious records but, as usual, that hasn't stopped me from acquiring more vinyl. Borrowing a turntable has crossed my mind, but that's inconvenient, and the idea of using a needle without knowing its history worries me a bit. I care for my records far too much.

Despite that, I'm positively smitten with Cara Neir's latest effort, Portals to a Better, Dead World, a mesmerizing collection of experimental music that mishmashes black metal and punk so well that you wouldn't know two entirely different genres jumped into bed together. Vinyl couldn't have been a better choice, either; the record can be had in either smoke green or black, with 100 copies available for the former and 400 for the latter.

And if you think about it, 500 really isn't all that much. But that's the trend with modern vinyl: keep the quantities small, because the sell-ability of the product is, in a word, unpredictable. Happily, Portals to a Better, Dead World seems to be doing well, with most smoke green copies spoken for and a few black left.

I chose black because that's the traditionalist in me. I'm hoping I can slap this one on the turntable soon--when funds allow, of course--when I get my Rega P5 back in action. For now, I'm quite content with the download code included with the record that lets me enjoy the music anywhere at any time. Still, part of me wonders how glorious Cara Neir's newest album sounds on vinyl. Oh, well. I'll be able to spin it soon enough.

Great job with this one, Broken Limbs and Halo of Flies.

-TMA

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