Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. 1

Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. 1

by The Polyphonic Spree


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Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. 1

If there were ever something people are definitely not ambivalent about, it's Christmas music. For some, it speaks right to the child in them, evoking a spirit of giving and holiday cheer, while others (especially anyone who has worked in the retail sector) hear it as a harbinger of the busiest shopping season of the year, a chime and choir-filled klaxon warning to all who can hear it that the holidays are trying once again to breach the peace and quiet of their everyday lives. With such a distinct line drawn in the sand over holiday tunes, any band hoping to bridge the gap would need to be so exuberant, so filled with hope and whimsy, and so relentlessly positive that there would be just no way to feel bad when they're on-stage. Enter Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. 1 by the Polyphonic Spree. Where most acts would need to bend over backwards to shoehorn Christmas music into their repertoire, it feels like a natural fit for the massive psych-pop outfit, who already count a choir and classical instrumentation among their arsenal. And since the structure of the Polyphonic Spree doesn't have to change much, their effervescent chemistry is able to come through, adding an air of manic joy to traditionally dour songs like "Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy)." Elsewhere, DeLaughter and company transform "Silver Bells" into a Beatlesque psychedelic exploration that feels more like a lost holiday-themed B-side from Magical Mystery Tour than anything else. Now, if you're someone who's against holiday music, Holidaydream probably isn't going to sway you, but unlike a lot of Christmas records, this one might actually have a chance to change your mind. While the roots of the songs remain familiar, the Polyphonic Spree inject enough psychedelic charm and whimsy into the album that, if you don't think about it too much, just might have you forgetting you're listening to seasonal jingles, and that beats the hell out of "Jingle Bell Rock" any old day of the year.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2012
Label: Kirtland Records
UPC: 0186535006820
catalogNumber: 68
Rank: 241819

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Polyphonic Spree   Primary Artist
Tim DeLaughter   Piano,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Vibes,sleigh bells
Eric Drew Feldman   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Mark Pirro   Bass Guitar,Tambourine
Jason Garner   Drums,Choir, Chorus
Audrey Easley   Flute,Piccolo,EWI
Julie Doyle   Pocket Trumpet,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Jessie Hester   Piano,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Moog Synthesizer,Toy Piano
Jessica Jordan   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jennie Kelley   Choir, Chorus
Dylan Silvers   Guitar
Kelly Test   Percussion
Benjamin Curtis   Guest Appearance
Ricky Rasura   Harp
Buffi Jacobs   Cello,Choir, Chorus,Electric Cello
Tamara Cauble   Violin
Heather Test   French Horn
Kristin Hardin   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jenny Kirtland   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Stella DeLaughter   Choir, Chorus
Randi Rubin   Choir, Chorus
Mike St. Clair   Acoustic Guitar,Trombone,Trumpet,Pocket Trumpet
Maika Beckner   Choir, Chorus
Felix Delaughter   Guest Appearance
Cory Helms   Electric Guitar
Cassandra Askin   Choir, Chorus
Alejandra De La Deheza   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Tim DeLaughter   Composer,Artwork,Whistle
Eric Drew Feldman   Producer
Mark Pirro   Engineer
Casey Diiorio   Engineer
Polyphonic Spree   Arranger
Speekers   Producer
Ricky Rasura   Arranger
Paul Williams   Engineer
Jonathon Kimbrell   Artwork,Layout
Julie A. Doyle   Executive Producer

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