VARIOUS ARTISTS: Christmas AD: The First Snow (CD on AD Music)
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 embellishmentsÉleading 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.
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