Sci-fi meets analog as Jack White's new album spins a wicked cool hologram

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May 7, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT (Updated)

With events like Record Store Day, vinyl seems to be in the midst of a renaissance — and what better way to kickstart things than with a nifty dose of sci-fi?

Rocker Jack White is gearing up to release his new solo album Lazaretto, and he’s making sure fans of the vinyl version get a few extra goodies. The coolest: a dead wax area on Side A that contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record. Essentially, when the album spins, it’ll project a hologram above the disc. That. Is. Awesome.

On top of that, the record is also loaded with a ton of other cool features.

It’ll be printed on 180-gram vinyl and have two vinyl-only tracks hidden beneath the center labels (which play at 78 RPM and 45 RPM, making this a three-speed record). Side A plays from the inside out; it utilizes dual-groove technology to play either an electric or acoustic intro for a song depending on where the needle is dropped; a matte finish on Side B gives the appearance of an unplayed 78 RPM record; both sides end with locked grooves; the vinyl is pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format; zero compression was used during recording and mixing; and the record uses a different running order and mixes from the CD version.

Check out a video breaking down all the cool features below, including the hologram:

Lazaretto is set to hit shelves June 10. The vinyl version is available for pre-order now.

(Via Spin)

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