Cleopatra Records to Release Psychedelic Themed Christmas Album
The 2013 holiday season is about to get a whole lot trippier with the release of Cleopatra Record's Psych-Out Christmas, a brand new compilation of spaced out, psychedelic interpretations of Christmas classics and new holiday favorites performed by a team of current psych-space rock bands from around the globe! The compilation is available now on both CD & vinyl at all fine music retailers as well as for download at iTunes and other digital music retailers.
Canadian indie rockers Elephant Stone kick things off with a sitar-infused version of the beloved Beatles' holiday singalong "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)," followed by Sweden's own Dark Horses turning in an original piece composed specifically for this compilation, the wintry, ethereal ballad "Jul Song." Another Swedish band, The Movements, whose new album was released earlier this year by Cleopatra, offer a uniquely drumless take on "Little Drummer Boy" that swirls with fuzzy guitars and dreamy synths to create a headswimming sugar plum hum.
The vibrant psychedelic rock scene blooming on American shores is well represented here by the likes of Sleepy Sun, who thoroughly deconstruct the 19th century carol "What Child Is This?" and The Vacant Lots, who bring a Spiritualized twist to a long buried holiday treasure written by the band Suicide called "No More Christmas Blues." The band explained their selection, "After spending many hours overdosing on the more familiar Christmas tunes, we gravitated towards the obscure Ze Christmas album track by Suicide. As big fans of the band, 'No More Christmas Blues' seemed the perfect choice. The song also deals with the sadder side of the holidays, which we could relate to. It was a lot of fun to reinterpret the song in a new light and be part of a record with many other great bands."
Florida-based trio Sons Of Hippies chose the unconventional yet wholly appropriate cover of The Zombies' "Time Of the Season," for what is Christmas if not "the season of loving"? Singer Katherine Kelly explains, "'Time Of The Season' was fun to cover. We replaced the organ parts on the original Zombies version with layers of distorted guitar leads and gave the drums an eerie, echoed intro. The Psych-Out Christmascompilation is unique and spooky and we wanted to be a part of that vibe."