Published: December 31, 2012
By: Jordan Calvano
It you hadn’t noticed yet, Christmas is right around the corner. We were a little pre-occupied with Doomsday forecasts, but now we can focus on gingerbread men and keeping spirits bright in the anti-climactic, post-apocalyptic world. And while you’re doing last-minute Christmas shopping inside overcrowded and possibly overrun malls, we suggest you tune out those overplayed versions of “Frosty The Snowman” and “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with some blaring anthems from the Monstercat crew.
Opening up your new favorite Christmas album is “Jingle Bells” by Hellberg, which strikes with driving drum patterns and tumultuous break sections. Inescapable notes from the original fit like puzzle pieces into the song’s momentous structure, while straying from spirited and moving towards anthemic.
“Imaginary Friend” by Mr WijiWiji shifts from the playful feel of the first two tracks, creating a tantalizing symphony complete with daunting violin sections and dreamy synth progressions. Brenton Matthues provides vocals for the heavenly tune, sucking listeners in with spellbinding lyrics stating, “You know our love is like a dream.”
Rogue’s “Goodbye (Winter Chords)” opens with ethereal piano notes, before unleashing schizophrenic glitch tones and towering drops. The track continually changing pace keeps listeners on their toes, while consistently leaving them breathless and brimming with passion.
Televisor layers “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” with Chromeo-esque synths, creating a nu-disco anthem capable of making anyone dance. The jam screams smiling faces and hot cocoa, while making you reflect on what’s truly important.
Monstercat strikes again with this Christmas album, while brewing up an impeccable balance between novelty and sincerity. Cop the free download, and enjoy the holidays y’all.