Volume 34

Mazed & Confused

June 2018

Visual Artist: Toma Vagner

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Side A

A1: Nona – “Real Life”
A2: Quiet Domino – “Metropelium”
A3: Arms Akimbo – “Parachute”
A4: John Thumb – “Footsteps”
A5: Jake Tavill – “Truth”

Side B

B1: Overjoy – “Women”
B2: STAL – “The Crime”
B3: Hidden Houses – “Try To Be Yourself”
B4: Foreign Air – “Lying”
B5: Shane Euston – “Toxic Love”

Features

Play with Volume 034 and its…

  • Spot-gloss gatefold jacket with interactive games and puzzles
  • Deluxe poster insert with additional art
  • Alligator green marbled vinyl
  • Intro letter
  • Lyrics & art info insert

About the artist:

The art of Toma Vagner is a unique blend of illustrations from toy packaging in the 1950s, Japanese cartoons, and an alternate universe in which IKEA makes manuals for every- thing from food to guitar pedalboards to fairy tales. She is adept at threading the needle between realism and the fantastic. Many of her works feature intricately detailed hands and figures, but the art remains approachable due to her use of childlike symbols and explanatory panels. Perhaps most evocative are her color palettes, which are reminiscent of aged cardboard or old movie posters. There’s no doubt that this month’s Vinyl Moon volume gets its sense of play from Toma’s unique style.

Toma Vagner was born on Sakhalin Island, an archipelago off the southeast corner of Russia. Trained and based in New York City, Toma has received numerous scholarships and awards, with three gallery exhibitions in 2017 alone. She’s completed commissioned work for big names such as Harry Styles and The New York Times.

Intro Letter:

Adulthood is a drag, man. In the immortal words of Destiny’s Child, “bills, bills, bills” ya know? We have to remind ourselves to have fun and stay young! There is still time to LIVE!

Thank goodness for Toma Vagner who understands that sentiment 100%. Her artwork for Mazed & Confuzed is filled with nods to the simpler times of our childhoods (Highlights magazine, anyone?) This was a time when friendship was easy, scissors weren’t sharp, and our only “job” was to learn about cool stuff like flags.

We didn’t know how good we had it. Nobody has packed me a lunch in decades! (I would definitely trade these carrots for a pack of Gushers…) Anyway, don’t let me go down this reflective rabbit hole alone. Crank up the fuzzy sunshine jams on Mazed & Confused and pretend like it is the first day of your summer break. Later we can count our coins and ride bikes to the corner store to get some candy. A proper sugar high is in order for the second spin of the record.

– Brandon

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