There are Christmas albums, and then there are Christmas albums. "ChristmasAD - The First Snow" is an outstanding collection of instrumental Christmas music that's appeal is that everyone is going to enjoy it!|
- David Wright & Geigertek - The Dancing Snowman [5:04]
- Steve Barnes - Good King Wenceslas [5:39]
- Geigertek - Beneath A Christmas Mantle [2:35]
- Claudio Merlini - Christmas Wonderland [4:58]
- RamsayGee - The Season's Wish [5:26]
- Lord of the Ants - Christmas in New York [2:37]
- Richard Bone - Do You Hear What I Hear? [4:09]
- The Pels Syndicate - Xmas5 [3:21]
- Catalin Marin - A Star in The East [4:24]
- Richard Bone - Donde Esta Santa Claus? [2:31]
- Acheloo - White Christmas [3:54]
- Al Rudd - The Magic of Christmas? [3:47]
- Steve Barnes - Little Town of Bethlehem [4:01]
- RamsayGee - First Snow [5:02]
- Robert Fox - Silent Night [4:35]
- Steve Barnes - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen [4:36]
- David Wright - We Three Kings [7:01]
- Bekki Williams - Waiting for Santa [1:50]
A good Christmas album should contain some old classics plus some familiar pop titles to warm you on a cold winter evening as you sit by the fireside. So on this collection there are eight favourites, expertly re-imagined, plus eleven brand new Christmas songs that perfectly reflect the Christmas spirit.
"The Dancing Snowman" by David Wright & Geigertek is delightfully OTT and perfectly starts proceedings, and what follows is pure bliss! Steve Barnes and RamsayGee provide real romantic heart with five beautiful pieces: Steve's being the classic favourites "Little Town of Bethlehem", "Good King Wenceslas" and "God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen" and Gareth's being the sublime self penned "First Snow" and "Season's Wish". Catalin Marin returns with his epic, ethnic influenced "A Star in the East", and new artists Claudio Merlini and The Pels Syndicate contribute a stunning melodic track each with "Christmas Wonderland" and "Xmas5" respectively. Richard Bone provides two glorious covers in "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "Donde Esta Santa Claus?" while Acheloo and Robert Fox provide beautifully moody interpretations of "White Christmas" and "Silent Night". Al Rudd's "The Magic of Christmas?" provides the albums glorious "Tim Burton" influenced moment (think "A Nightmare at Christmas"!) while Lord of the Ants provides an atmospheric acoustic number that perfectly reflects "Christmas In New York". David Wright's rhythmic electronic version of "We Three Kings" and Bekki Williams beautifully orchestrated "Where is Santa?" end the album perfectly. The sound of children's laughter briefly open and close the album, reminding us perhaps that Christmas is about peace and good will reflected in the joy and laughter of innocence.
The collective artists on the label have really excelled here, presenting an emotive and memorable collection of Christmas tunes that delicately, and without exception, successfully walk the line between feel good melodic music and contemporary, creative, classically influenced new age/electronic music.
Beautifully recorded and produced, this is one classy album that is destined to run and run.
2010. Press Information
This release from 2010 offers 75 minutes of yuletide electronic music.
This is a collection of instrumental Christmas tunes, both traditional and new compositions. Because of the subject matter these songs possess a sparkling lighthearted flair.
"The Dancing Snowman" by David Wright & Geigertek. Regal electronics delineate a fanciful tune seasoned with orchestral embellishments leading to a choral refrain with a traditional drumroll.
"Good King Wenceslas" by Steve Barnes. Frosty keyboards and crisp understated rhythmics create a delicate version of this classic tune.
"Beneath a Christmas Mantle" by Geigertek. Toy-like electronics generate a winter landscape with a hint of a joyful sleigh-ride.
"Christmas Wonderland" by Claudio Merlini. Crystalline keys blend with airy textures designed to evoke a holiday countryside. Hints of woodwinds complete the wonderland demeanor.
"The Season's Wish" by Ramsaygee. This pastoral melody is enhanced by whispery tonalities as it gradually musters stamina with the addition of soft percussion.
"Christmas in New York" by Lord of the Ants. Fragile guitarwork lends an engaging flavor to the winsome electronics and chugging tempos.
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" by Richard Bone. Sedate piano is supported by faint belltones and dreamy atmospherics, resulting in a tasteful rendition of this classic.
"Xmas5" by the Pels Syndicate. Noble keys are accompanied by pleasant electronics and given a gentle oomph by tender rhythms.
"A Star in the East" by Catalin Marin. Lightly spacey electronics are nicely grounded by traditional instruments and pleasant chorales, then given a boost with modern sensibilities and romantic guitar.
"Donde Esta Santa Claus?" by Richard Bone. Twinkling keys are balanced by the deeper intonations of organ and temperate beats.
"White Christmas" by Acheloo. Relaxed e-bow guitar gives this family favorite a slightly edgy sound.
"The Magic of Christmas" by Al Rudd. Keyboards achieve a toy soldier march in tandem with breezy peripheral effects.
"Little Town of Bethlehem" by Steve Barnes. A lead-in of sweet keyboards gains substance with auxiliary electronics, attaining a gentle presence of delightful evocation.
"First Snow" by Ramsaygee. A magical milieu is achieved with elegant keys supported by reverent atmospherics.
"Silent Night" by Robert Fox. Celestial electronics bestow this classic with a near ambient disposition punctuated by the church bells. This minimalism is cast off with the introduction of slushy percussion and twinkling keyboards.
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Steve Barnes. Amiable keyboards are accompanied by shuddering synthetic beats, creating a modern touch for this traditional piece.
"We Three Kings" by David Wright. Fanciful keys and cheery electronics gain a peppy demeanor with bouncy e-perc and reedy theremin tones. The piece gradually increases its pace with more modern touches, ultimately achieving a sparkling dazzle.
"Waiting for Santa" by Bekki Williams. An understated majesty is achieved with uplifting keyboards tinged with an anticipatory flair.
This tuneage is gentle and inspirational, perfectly matching the album's intention of providing the audience with new holiday listening material.
2010. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity