Musaphonic | Yule Wonder

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Yule Wonder

by Musaphonic

Holiday music for the rest of us.
Genre: Holiday: World
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1. Churchwarden (1st Smoke)
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2. Tool Season!
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1:39 album only
3. Adventia Praecox
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5:55 album only
4. The Festival of Broken Needles
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2:03 album only
5. Tinsel on My Stump
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5:27 album only
6. Peppermint Suite
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4:34 album only
7. Pheasant Dreams
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2:11 album only
8. The Burial of the Sardine
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2:25 album only
9. Half-step Holidays
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10. The Night of the Radishes
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11. Wolf at the Door
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12. Churchwarden (2nd Smoke)
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13. Xmas in the Mortuary
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14. The Ice Worm Festival
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15. Some More Pheasant Dreams
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16. The Feast of Excited Insects
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17. Hard Times
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18. Plaid Gravy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The holidays are no time to be reflecting...they're for carefree whoopin' & hollerin', so burn this mother to your favorite gizmo and LET IT WASSAIL!!
Matt Howarth of Sonic Curiosity writes: "This release from 2009 features 56 minutes of holiday music. Electronics and percussives (and a variety of additional instruments) are applied to creating tuneage with the Christmas holiday season in mind. The electronics tend to be sparkling with a twinkly edge (fitting the holiday spirit). Keyboards drive the majority of the electronics, generating sprightly riffs that alternate between chilled chords and a warm fireplace milieu. The keys exhibit a sparkling flair, the type one associates with holiday fare. The percussion is bouncy and crisp, not forceful. The rhythms serve to propel without being intrusive and drowning out everything. A few songs feature vocals. Generally, these compositions are not cover versions of yuletide favorites. Rather, the majority are original pieces saturated with holiday sensibilities, capturing moods of wintry family gatherings gathered around expansive festive dinner tables or curled up by the fireplace with your loved ones. A few traditional Xmas pieces sneak in, balancing the original compositions. A novelty item, but perhaps also of interest to those who feel that yuletide nostalgia during the summer.


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elfslut

definitely a must have album
(Posted by elfslut on http://community.livejournal.com/mossip/)
Are you one of those people that find traditional Christmas music a bore? Do you like something a little bit different when it comes to festive sounds? Well if you are one of those people, you’ll want to grab a copy of Musaphonic’s latest release, Yule Wonder, and at times you’ll be doing just that, wondering. Why, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.

The album is very avant garde. At times is a very beautiful listen and at other times it’s a little bit strange, but that’s what makes this different. You’ll be delighted by Churchwarden, Pheasant Dreams and Peppermint Suite among others.

The quirky songs are ones like Tinsel On My Stump which has a very Tom Waits air to it. It is totally unexpected too, when surrounded by the other tracks on the album., which sound more like soundscapes
that you’d hear on albums by Mannheim Steamroller, but that’s what sets this album apart from any other holiday fare. Of course, you might notice that this album is different just by flipping the disc over and looking at the titles. Titles like The Burial Of The Sardine, Plaid Gravy and Xmas In The Mortuary are a definite sign of something a little off the norm, but before you dismiss this album as something too crazy, slip that disc into your CD player. Some of the most interesting tracks are the ones that have the oddest names, like The Ice Worm Festival, The Night Of The Radishes and Wolf At The Door, the later of which I’m particularly fond of for the cricket-like sounds in the background and thunderclaps. Plaid Gravy bears mentioning again, because the lyrics alone will have you giggling and with the addition of the banjo just makes the listener go WOW! I swear I heard something about mustard and wieners in the lyrics! Those are two words I never thought to hear in a song holiday or otherwise.

For the most part, this album plays like the score to a 21st century ballet, which I’d love to see. When it goes off that format, it can confuse the listener a bit, but for those willing to take a chance on holiday themed disc that’s not filled with Silent Night and White Christmas, this is definitely a disc worth trying, and because of its unique sound, it can be played throughout the year without getting you strange looks.

I applaud Musaphonic for filling a gap in holiday music genre, one that I’m not sure any of us were aware was there, but they did it and they did it well. Yule Wonder is an excellent CD for the holiday and one you can enjoy year round. There will be no wondering about how good it is after one listen. In fact the only thing that you will be wondering is why more people haven’t heard of Musaphonic before. This eclectic disc is definitely a must have album. Go to CD Baby and grab a copy now!

Spider Byte

High Holiday Weirdness
Quite possibly the most unique holiday album ever. From the infectious energy of "Tool Season" to the antiquated motifs of the "Churchwarden" and "Pheasant Dreams" pieces, this is the holiday record Pink Floyd should've recorded. A festive world tour of mostly-instrumental music, the occasional foray into lyrics are well worth the listen. "Tinsel on my Stump" is the Christmas song Tom Waits fans will salivate for, and nothing prepares for the "Plaid Gravy" finale. (posted by Spider Byte on iTunes