WINK

CHAI


WINK is can’t-miss Japanese quartet CHAI’s third full-length album, and their most minimal and mellow album to date. We have it here on red and white swirl vinyl.

Nutrition Facts

VMP Exclusive Pressing

This record was pressed by VMP and you can't get this specific variation anywhere else.

Exclusive Features

color Red and White Swirl
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes

Other Features

exclusive VMP Exclusive
extras Insert with English lyric translations
jacket style Direct-To-Board
jacket type Single
label Sub Pop
mastering engineer Greg Calbi
mastering studio Sterling Sound
pressing location Record Technology Incorporated (RTI)
release type New Release

By the Numbers


1LP

format

2021

original release year

331/3
rpm

speed

1000

total pressing quantity

12
inch

vinyl size

standard

weight

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Description


WINK contains CHAI’s mellowest and most minimal music, and also their most affecting and exciting songwriting by far. WINK is a fitting title then: a subtle but bold gesture. A wink is an unselfconscious act of conviction, or as CHAI puts it: “A person who winks is a person with a pure heart, who lives with flexibility, who does what they want. A person who winks is a person who is free.” YUUKI noted that “With this album, we’re winking at you. We’re living freely and we hope that when you listen, you can wink and live freely, too.

CHAI came to see WINK—with its home-y feel—as a collection where each song is like a new friend, something comforting to rely on and reach out to, as the album was for them throughout 2020. This impulse towards connection is in WINK’s title, too. After the “i” of PINK and the “u” of PUNK—which represented the band’s act of introducing themselves, and then of centering their audiences—they have come full-circle with the “we” of WINK. It signals CHAI’s relationship with the outside world, an embrace of profound togetherness. Through music, as CHAI said, “we are all coming together.” In that act of opening themselves up, CHAI grew into their best work: “This album showed us, we’re ready to do more.”

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