If you read the interview that Collider’s Steve “Frosty” Weintraub recently conducted with Mondo’s Justin Ishmael, you know that Austin’s biggest screenprint retailer is dead serious about making vinyl a consistent part of their output. Their most recent vinyl release—the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, featuring artwork by the one-and-only Tyler Stout—sold out quickly upon release, and the company’s previous vinyl releases have also sold well…and now we’ve got the details on their next vinyl drop. Pretend you didn’t read the headline and find out when the album’s dropping, what’s on it, and who did the artwork after the jump, folks.
When Mondo announced their first vinyl release, it was an unexpected move for the company to make: historically, Mondo’s always trafficked in screenprinted movie posters (and, from time to time, t-shirts and a VHS release or two). Many fans of the Mondo brand couldn’t help but wonder how much—if any—real demand was out there for vinyl albums. After all, isn’t everything digital these days? Some went so far as to predict that the idea would end up being a bit of a non-starter.
But it’s like we’ve said in the past: you should never bet against the Mondo brand. The company’s first vinyl release put up some serious sales figures, and that release was followed by a handful of subsequent vinyl drops that sold just as well. More recently, their vinyl soundtrack for Nicolas Winding Refn’s insta-classic neo-noir, Drive (featuring artwork from the immortal Tyler Stout) flew off the shelves at last month’s Stout & Taylor show at the Mondo Gallery. And now they’ve got another one on the horizon. Let’s check it out:
- Oblivion soundtrack by M83
- 2xLP vinyl gatefold LP
- Vinyl release via MondoTees.com on April 26th
- Vinyl release via record stores on May 28th
- Features artwork from Killian Eng
As we’ve seen in the past, no one does futuristic sci-fi landscapes like Killian Eng (you might recall his posters for David Lynch’s Dune, Jodorowsky’s Dune, and Argo), and this Oblivion artwork is just the latest confirmation of that belief. Reaction to the film itself—directed by Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski—has been decidedly mixed thus far (the film’s currently at 63% on Rotten Tomatoes), but one thing that’s been consistently praised by critics who’ve seen the film is M83’s soundtrack.
If you’re curious to hear the soundtrack, you can click here. Make sure to mark your calendars for later this month if you’re interested in picking one of these up, or take your chances by waiting for the soundtrack’s record-store release at the end of May. Until then : if you’re an artist or gallery with artwork you’d like to see featured on Limited Paper (or if you’re just some lucky bastard who happened to overhear a bit of poster-related gossip while standing in the bushes outside Martin Ansin’s house) we wanna hear from you! Email Limited Paper directly at LimitedPaper@gmail.com, and be sure that you’re following us on Twitter via @LimitedPaper for ongoing commentary, news updates, giveaways, and more!