It’s no secret that sales of vinyl albums are up by 40% and record players are back in high street shops in what is unfolding as a gentle but firm kick back against music download culture. Of course the convenience of mp3s allows us all to consume music on a far vaster scale than we used to, and that is a good thing, but we have lost some of the pomp and ceremony along the way. To head to the record shop on Saturday morning, after hearing a song on the radio all week, buy it, take it home, examine the artwork and the credits and finally play it over and over again, then invite your friends over and play it to them, was an infinitely pleasurable experience on so many levels. Maybe that is why Record Store Day has become so important in the music calendar. 2012 marks the fourth year that independent record shops all over the UK host live events and sell exclusive products to queues of music fans, creating a unique celebration of our musical culture. This year, over 200 stores are participating and a list of over 350 releases has been published, featuring artists such as David Bowie, Abba, Civil Wars, Clash, Flaming Lips / Mastodon and Animal Collective. Many of the releases are on coloured vinyl, inlcuding this Silva Screen 7″ single release of the beautiful Willow’s Song from The Wicker Man OST. Record Store Day is on the 21st of April and further details are available on the website, including your nearest shop, what’s on and a full list of releases.