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Silber Sounds Of Christmas [coll] – [Silber Records]

Max Level   12/9/2006   A Library, CD

A wonderful collection (27 artists) that for all its unusual material still sounds to me about as sentimental as music gets. This 2006 installment in Silber’s series of Christmas comps invokes the religious/wintery aspects of the season, and, not surprisingly, given the label, an ambient/drone aesthetic looms over the collection. The tracks have a cold, somewhat bleak feel, whether they’re ambient, noise, fast or slow pop, solo improv, or, well, Christmas Music. Brian John Mitchell checks in with his always-intriguing Small Life Form and Remora projects, and ‘I’m glad excellent guitarist Peter Aldrich is still in the fold; however many of my other favorite Silber artists from years gone by are absent this time out. Not to worry, though, as there is plenty of good material from a newer crop of Silberfriends such as Immune, Electric Bird Noise, Plumerai, Bokor, Mars Field, Blessed Child Opera, The Wades, and many more. Too many good tracks to name, but standouts for me include the tweaked a cappella of ‘The Christmas Song’ by Shiny Around The Edges, the blurry rocker by South West Airline, the lovely solo piano piece by Duane Pitre, and the seriously noise-corrupted versions of ‘What Child is This?’ and ‘Hark, the Herald Angels Sing’. Happy Holidays, musical explorers!

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Hunter Gatherer says

I really enjoyed last year's Silber Xmas collection. I look forward to hearing this one.

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