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Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells

by Sensitive Chaos

Original instrumental ambient holiday music, full of sounds & spirit of the season. Great background music for any holiday gathering.
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1. Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells
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2. Ceiliúradh Mhór
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3. Winter Winds Across the Heartland
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4. Spirit of the Season
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5. Carillon et le Champagne
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6. Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Prologue)
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7. Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells
Release Date: September 20, 2011

Performed and Produced by Jim Combs
Synthesizers, keyboards, percussion by Jim Combs

CD package design by Jim Combs

Photographic portrait of Jim by and © Maigh Houlihan
www.shootingnouns.com

©2011 James William Combs
Ephemeral Radio Publishing (ASCAP)
©2011 Subsequent Records
Tracks

1. Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells 6:24

2. Ceiliúradh Mhór 3:12

3. Winter Winds Across the Heartland 5:01

4. Spirit of the Season 4:34

5. Carillon et le Champagne 12:52

6. Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Prologue) 6:52

7. Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Reprise) 4:42

Bonus Tracks

8. Nightshift at the Baby Mecha Nursery (remastered) 7:56

Radio and Internet Plays

KCBX 90FM Last Jazz Show in San Luis Obispo | 89.5 Santa Barbara | 91.7 Paso Robles to Salinas 90.9 Santa Ynez, Avila Beach, Cambria | 91.1 Cayucos | and 95.1 Lompoc played "Carillon et le Chamgagne" on January 17, 2012, "Nightshift at the Baby Mecha Nursery" on December 27, 2011, and "Carillon et le Champagne" on November 22, 2011.

WWSP 90FM Ambient Aether show in Stevens Point, WI played "Carillon et le Champagne" on January 15, 2012, "Winter Winds Across the Heartland" on January 8, 2012, and "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Prologue)" on January 1, 2012.

#29 on Zone Music Reporter Top 100 for December 2011.

#7, #28, and #33 Song and #8 Album on the Zone Music Reporter Playlist Spin Count for December 2011.

Echoes (NPR syndicated radio show on 130 stations in the US) played "Ceiliúradh Mhór" on their December 25, 2011 and December 23, 2011 Christmas show "1151E", and "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on their December 20, 2011 program "1151B".

KCUR 89.3FM Night Tides show in Kansas City, MO played "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells", "Ceiliúradh Mhór", "Winter Winds Across the Heartland", "Spirit of the Season", "Carillon et le Champagne", "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Prologue)", and "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Reprise)" on December 25, 2011.

WYSO 91.3FM Alpha Rhythms show in Yellow Springs, OH played "Carillon et le Champagne" and "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on December 25, 2011 and "Carillon et le Champagne" on December 18, 2011.

KSBR 88.5FM Morning Breeze show in Mission Viejo, CA played a track on December 25, 2011, "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells", "Winter Winds Across the Heartland", and "Spirit of the Season" on December 18, 2011, "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells", "Winter Winds Across the Heartland", and "Ceiliúradh Mhór" on December 11, 2011, "Spirit of the Season" and "Carillon et le Champagne" on December 4, 2011. "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on November 13, 2011, "Nightshift at the Baby Mecha Nursery (remastered)" on October 23, 2011, and "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on October 9, 2011. The album will be in high rotation throughout the holiday season. #20 on the Top 20 for October 2011.

KTEP 88.5 FM Audiosyncracy show in El Paso, TX played "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on the December 25, 2011 show and December 21, 2011 podcast, "Winter Winds Across the Heartland" on December 18, 2011, "Spirit of the Season" on December 11, 2011 and "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on December 4, 2011.

WDIY 88.1FM Galactic Travels show in Bethlehem, PA played "Winter Winds Across the Heartland" on December 22, 2011.

HFM Radio 102.3FM Night Hawke show in Market Harborough, South Leicestershire and North Northamptonshire, UK played "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" and "Winter Winds Across the Heartland" on December 18, 2011.

WMSE 91.7FM Instrumental Saturdays with Mary Bartlein show in Milwaukee, WI played "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on December 17, 2011, "Carillon et le Champagne" on December 10, 2011, and "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on December 3, 2011.

Radio Despi 107.1 FM La Otra Orilla show in Barcelona, Spain played "Spirit of the Season" on December 12, 2011, "Ceiliúradh Mhór" on November 28, 2011 and "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on October 10, 2011.

WVKR 91.3FM Secret Music show in Poughkeepsie, NY played "Winter Winds Across the Heartland" on December 11, 2011 and "Spirit of the Season" on December 4, 2011. The album Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells is #10 on the Top 20 for December 2011.

WFIT 89.5FM Future Echoes show in Melbourne, FL played "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" and "Winter Winds Across the Heartland" on December 4, 2011.

WUTC 88.1FM Saturday Morning Sunrise show in Chattanooga, TN played "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on December 3, 2011.

KDNK 88.1FM Carbondale, Colorado (88.3FM Aspen 88.5FM Basalt, Redstone 93.5FM Leadville 94.9FM Thomasville) added Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells on December 2, 2011 and has it in light rotation.

YLE Radio 1 Avaruusromua (Space Junk) Finnish Broadcasting Company radio played "Winter Winds Across the Heartland", "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Prologue)", and "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Reprise)" on November 20, 2011.

One World Radio added Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells. #14 on the top 20 for October 2011.

KUAC 89.9FM Nightlight show in Fairbanks, AK played "Nightshift at the Baby Mecha Nursery (remastered)" on November 20, 2011, and "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on October 9, 2011.

WMUH 91.7FM Thought Radio show in Allentown, PA played "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" on October 1, 2011.

Astreaux World added Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells.

Press Reviews

Bill Binkelman, Zone Music Reporter, November 27, 2011:

Over the years I have reviewed some unconventional holiday music releases, but Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells by Jim Combs, aka Sensitive Chaos, is likely the most unconventional one yet. Combs is an electronic music artist well-known for his affiliation with the City Skies concert series. Rather than take the "safe" route and merely use his arsenal of synthesizers to record the classics, Combs has instead created seasonal soundscapes that, through his choice of synthesizer sounds, captures the festive magic of this special time of year. In his liner notes, Combs recalls listening to holiday records with his family growing up, with music made up of bells, organs, pianos, and choirs. He also recounts being deeply affected by a holiday recording on the pioneering digital label Second Hearing. All of the myriad influences have culminated in this unique combination of lively electronic pieces, punctuated by twinkling bell tones, crystalline textures, and syncopated rhythms, the latter of which may call to mind wooden soldiers marching round the Christmas tree. Besides the cheery selections on the CD, which I found to be charming and refreshingly light-hearted, there is a well-done ambient number, Winter Winds Across the Heartland, that evokes the titular picture of a stark and somber, yet beautiful, landscape, via icy synth pads, whistling quavering tones, and underlying drones. The other selections on the disc are variations on the formula heard on the opening title track, although Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (prologue) has a more overt retro-EM feel to it, and less of a holiday-esque coloring, especially when the rhythms drop off and Combs moves into flowing ambient territory. One last fact that may amaze you (it did me) is that all but one of the pieces (the sole exception is the non-holiday-themed bonus track at the end of the CD) were recorded at live concerts! Color me mega-impressed! Rating: Good+

Rik MacLean, Ping Things, October 16, 2011:

One of our favorite artists here at ping things is Jim Combs, and he's released an ambient Christmas album in his guise as Sensitive Chaos. "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" is available for sale at CD Baby.

Sylvain Lupari, Synth&Sequences, October 4, 2011:

As much strange as charming, Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells from Sensitive Chaos is a hallucinating journey into the wonderful and musical world of glockenspiels. A journey which goes straight in the heart of our childhood memories, during Christmas Eves and Holidays family reunions, and which enchants with its wintry tones. It’s an ode to winter, to its ice-cold pleasures and its nostalgic souvenirs that Jim Combs's last opus wakes. Through its carillons and its ringings as joyful as melancholic, Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells wraps with a veil of prisms forgotten souvenirs of our early childhood. Built on a big variety of bells which ring and resound on rhythms and atmospheres to the antipodes of their essences, Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells is a brilliant opus to the measure of the ingenuity of this musician without borders, nor labels.

The title track is glittering of luminosity. On a delicate synth line which hides discreet choirs "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" wakes up with soft ringings of carillons which radiate on a delicate hypnotic rhythm. On a rhythm moulded by fine percussions, the crystalline arpeggios swirl in a wintry breeze to form a strange iridescent ballet where bells ring and flutter among curt chords of a cackling synth and a suave ethereal choir.

"Ceiliúradh Mhór" is a wonderful ballad of glass which spins among a union of percussions and keyboard keys to forge a very beautiful and catchy childish melody. The synth blows a beautiful bewitching tune to this splendid carousel to jingles of prisms which is cute and delicate as everything!

"Winter Winds across the Heartland" is a good ambient track where layers of a shrill synth interlace in a stunning sensibility. A nice cheerful track, "Spirit of the Season" offers a more punctuated rhythm.The percussions hammer a muffled but lively rhythm, while the carillons swirl all around this rhythmic structure which inevitably makes stomped.

Dancing on a discreet line with a tone of organ and percussions a bit like the Amerindian tribal kind, "Carillon et Champagne" soaks in a mixture of nostalgia and melancholy. On a slightly circular rhythm, the carillons draw an astonishing melody with glockenspiels’ strikings which twirl vaporously while following an ascending curve as in a mesmerizing ballet danced in weightlessness. Hypnotic, because of the color and tone of glockenspiels, "Carillon et Champagne" turns and turns in a stunning musical dizziness where tones of prism shape an odd melody.

Delicate keyboard keys skip on a synth line at the opening of "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Prologue)". These furtive keys are effacing in the ascension of a synth line which makes tip over the track in an ethereal ambiance, surrounded by other powerful synth lines. An ambient track with filiform synth lines which sway in fine oscillations, "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Prologue)" is the only title of this last opus of Sensitive Chaos at not to use carillons.

After a reprise of the opening track, where carillons ring with more velocity, Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells ends with a track as cheerful as "Spirit of the Season".

Initially on the first album of Sensitive plant Chaos; Leak released in 2006, "Nightshift at the Baby Mecha Nursery (Remastered)" is a lively track, livened up by nice arpeggios which spin on a rhythmic structure supported by sober percussions.

On a structure always so crystal clear as we find everywhere on this Jim Combs's last opus, the rhythm is encircled by delicate shimmering arpeggios which turn in a minimalist way, increasing even more the glockenspiels which float of a beautiful circular movement on a tempo to youthful intonations, describing rather well the Holidays’ ambiance and the nostalgia circulating around Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells.

Sylvain Lupari, Guts of Darkness (French), October 4, 2011

Le premier album de Noël??? Aussi étrange qu’enchanteur, Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells de Sensitive Chaos est un hallucinant voyage dans le merveilleux et musical monde des glockenspiels. Un voyage qui descend en plein cœur de nos souvenirs d’enfants, lors des réveillons de Noël et des rencontres familiales du temps des Fêtes, et qui enchante par ses sonorités hivernales. C’est une ode à l’hiver, à ses plaisirs glacés et ses mémoires nostalgiques que ce dernier opus de Jim Combs réveille. À travers ses carillons et ses tintements aussi joyeux que mélancoliques, Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells enveloppe d’un voile de prismes les souvenirs oubliés de notre tendre enfance. Construit sur une grande diversité de clochettes qui tintent et résonnent sur des rythmes et atmosphères aux antipodes de leurs essences, Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells est un brillant opus à la mesure de l’ingéniosité de ce musicien sans frontières, ni étiquettes.

La pièce titre est étincelante de luminosité. Sur une délicate ligne de synthé qui cache de discrets chœurs, "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells" s’éveille avec des doux tintements de carillons qui irradient sur un délicat rythme hypnotique. Sur un rythme moulé par de fines percussions, les arpèges cristallins tournoient dans une brise hivernale pour former un étrange ballet irisé où les clochettes tintent et voltigent parmi les accords secs d’un synthé caquetant et un suave chœur éthéré.

"Ceiliúradh Mhór" est une superbe ballade de verre qui tournicote autour d’une union percussions et accords de clavier pour forger une très belle et accrochante mélodie enfantine. Le synthé souffle un beau refrain enjôleur à ce splendide carrousel aux cliquetis de prismes qui est mignon et délicat comme tout!

"Winter Winds across the Heartland" est un beau titre ambiant où les couches de synthé stridentes s’entrelacent dans une étonnante sensibilité. Un beau titre enjoué, "Spirit of the Season" offre un rythme plus ponctué. Les percussions martèlent un rythme sourd mais enlevant, alors que les carillons tournoient tout autour de cette structure rythmique qui fait immanquablement taper du pied.

Dansant sur une discrète ligne à sonorité d’orgue et des percussions un peu dans le genre tribal Amérindien, "Carillon et le Champagne" baigne dans un mélange de nostalgie et de mélancolie. Sur un rythme légèrement circulaire, les carillons dessinent une étonnante mélodie avec des frappes de glockenspiels qui virevoltent vaporeusement tout en suivant une courbe ascendante comme dans un envoûtant ballet dansé dans un état d’apesanteur. Hypnotique, à cause de la couleur et la tonalité des glockenspiels, "Carillon et le Champagne" tourne et tourne dans un étonnant vertige musical où les sonorités de prisme moulent une curieuse mélodie.

De délicats accords de claviers sautillent sur une ligne de synthé en ouverture de "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Prologue)". Ces furtifs accords s’effacent dans l’ascension d’une ligne de synthé qui fait basculer le titre dans une ambiance éthérée, encerclée d’autres puissantes lignes de synthé. Un titre ambiant aux filiformes lignes de synthé qui ondoient dans de fines oscillations, "Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells (Prologue) " est le seul titre de ce dernier opus de Sensitive Chaos à ne pas utiliser de carillons.

Après une reprise du titre d’ouverture, où les carillons tintent avec plus de vélocité, Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells se termine avec un titre aussi enjoué que "Spirit of the Season".

Initialement sur le premier album de Sensitive Chaos; Leak sorti en 2006, "Nightshift at the Baby Mecha Nursery (Remastered)" est un titre vivant, animé de beaux arpèges qui virevoltent sur une structure rythmique appuyée de sobres percussions.

Sur une structure toujours aussi limpide que l’on retrouve partout sur ce dernier opus de Jim Combs, le rythme est ceinturé de délicats arpèges carillonnés qui tournent de façon minimaliste, accentuant encore plus les glockenspiels qui flottent d’un beau mouvement circulaire sur un tempo aux intonations juvéniles, décrivant assez bien l’ambiance de fête et de nostalgie qui circule dans Remembering Chestnuts, Icy Cold, and Bells. Je lui mets 4 boules et demi!

Liner Notes:

Everyone has their favorite holiday music memories. I grew up with my parent’s collection of ‘60s holiday albums which we would stack on the turntable and play over and over from Thanksgiving to the end of the year. Voices, choirs, organs, pianos, and bells. Music that immediately brings back those memories of family reunions, decorations, and food when I listen to it now.

Since that time, few holiday recordings have affected me in the same way, except for one; a now out-of-print holiday themed CD by the pioneering digital label Second Hearing that features recordings of a Regina Music Box, English handbells, choirs, organs, and pianos. This CD (and certain CDs by Vince Guaraldi or Mannheim Steamroller) best represent my family holiday soundtrack now.

Much of that holiday sound has subtly crept into the sound of Sensitive Chaos, though disguised and downplayed. But for live performances during the holiday season, all the stops come out and I dive headlong into making modern, electronic holiday music. This CD is a sampling of some of the best of recent holiday live recordings, improvised at festive gatherings with the intent of provoking some of the same memories that my favorite holiday CDs bring to me. I hope the tunes and sounds ring true!

All songs produced, mixed, edited, and mastered by Jim Combs at Common Sound Studio in June/July 2011.

Nightshift at the Baby Mecha Nursery was originally released on the Leak album November 2006.


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