Crystal Ball is the 60s throwback soundtrack you didn’t know you
wantedÂ needed until now. Sly Vinyl favorite and nostalgia-meister extraordinaire Monster Rally had this beauty repressed onÂ Gold Robot in a lustrous sapphire color.Â Crystal Ball is like a montage of dreams and memories long buried within your conciousness as it rolls along with its woozy samples of woodwinds, guitar, xylophones, brass instruments accompanied withÂ lively rock & jazz percussion keeping everything in shape. Think vaporwave that goes back even further than the 80s and 90s. Monster Rally is gaining more and more steam year after year and after you take a listen to his stuff, especially Crystal Ball, you’ll see why – no other producer seems to be specializing in this aesthetic, if you will. You could say producers like Samiyam and Madlib dabble in this, but they don’t fully embrace it like Monster Rally. Listen toÂ Crystal BallÂ below via the Spotify player and see what you think of it. Cheers!
Format: 12" Vinyl
1st Run: 250 (Clear)
2nd Run: 750 (Transparent Sapphire) + 750 (Smoky Quartz)
1st Pressing Release Date: November 1, 2011
2nd Pressing Release Date: June 16, 2015
Design: Ted Feighan
The reissue features expanded artwork, a single-gatefold jacket, and vinyl-only bonus tracks. Two different vinyl colorways are being released. The first edition, limited to 750 copies, is pressed on Transparent Sapphire wax and will be available online and in retail stores. A second, exclusive pressing of the album (also limited to 750 copies) will also be made available to members of record of the month club Vinyl Me, Please. The VMP version features Transparent Smoky Quartz colored vinyl and a new original art booklet with liner notes. You must be a member of the club to order this special pressing and can do so by requesting an invite.
Crystal Ball is a collection of tracks recorded during the sessions that produced 2010's Palm Reader EP. The vinyl edition includes 4 bonus tracks not found on the digital version. (MORE)
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