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Published on September 4th, 2013 | by Scott Wickberg


Monster Rally – Return to Paradise // Limited to 250 Ocean Blue Vinyl LP

I mean you know we’d be all over this. We love Monster Rally, and this first single sounds amazing. I’m not sure what else needs to be said. Buy this one, it’ll sell out pretty quick.

The Details

Format: 12" Vinyl (Single Gatefold, Printed Innersleeve)
Run: 250 (Ocean Blue), 750 (Classic Black)
Release Date: October 29, 2013

One person will be chosen at random from the first 100 pre-orders to receive an original test pressing as an added bonus.

Following his move to Los Angeles from Ohio, Ted Feighan has returned with the next installment in his growing oeuvre as Exotica beatsmith, Monster Rally. Feighan’s third full-length as Monster Rally, Return to Paradise, is decidedly faster paced and more percussion-heavy than last year's Beyond the Sea, producing an aesthetic that closely resembles his live performances. The tracks melt together in a mysterious, blissful, and romantic haze invoking that signature Monster Rally thrill of being in a timeless, hypnagogic limbo. The album is pure pictorial fantasy, translating the images of a half-century of National Geographics into 17 tracks that’ll have both tiki drink connoisseurs and scotch aficionados swaying and bopping to the sweat and crackle of Feighan’s latest beatscapes. As with his past releases, Feighan is eager to have his passport stamped, reluctant to stay in one paradise for too long. His wanderlust samplings travel from Peru to Japan, Detroit to Maui, and Ghana to Barcelona expressing the pageantry and ceremony of destinations only the truly intrepid have tasted before.

The artwork of Return to Paradise is greatly inspired by the LP jackets of classic Exotica albums: Martin Denny's Quiet Village, Les Baxter's Jungle Jazz, and Arthur Lyman's Bwana to name just a few. Over fifty different varietals of flowers and plants from around the world decorate the blossoming arrangement on R2P’s cover. In addition, the packaging features printed sleeves showing a take on traditional Hawaiian patterned prints of native flowers and tropical birds. The inside of the gatefold jacket is a visual imagination of the kind of space Return to Paradise inevitably occupies.

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About the Author

I live in Denver, Colorado and am the lead Informant of SlyVinyl. I collect vinyl because I love giving back to the artists and getting a physical piece of music history in return is a beautiful bonus. I mainly listen to wax while relaxing after working a long day at Wick Creative, where I spend much time currently. As a side note, It should be known that I will never understand why someone would pre-order mp3s from iTunes... just sayin.

  • johnny

    once again international postage kills it………. seems a shame as White Denim can ship their new album a whole let cheaper than anybody else does

    • Mattias Stiller

      I hear ya! Do the bands even know about this though? Cause it sure is a damn shame, i for one would buy atleast twice as many records online if they all kept the shipping at a reasonable level, and White Denim among others shows that it still can be done.

      • Johnny

        Same here though maybe its a good thing or else I would spend even more money than I already do!!

  • Rob

    I don’t know what’s up with the postage as of late. But to me it seems like it has been used for increased profit.

    I’ve paid a lot of postage cost over the years and the most expensive ones to ship are the ones who got the worst packaging and therefore damage quite easily. It seems to me they charge me for top-priority shipping and just use the cheapest way of sending.

    We should invest in indestructable packaging for vinyl.

  • dreameagles

    Come on guys quit complaining about shipping costs. Postworkers need to get paid, people working at the record labels who ship these to post office need to get paid, they need to buy the actual vinyl boxes. Those are 3 good reasons to quit complaining about postage.

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