By: Amanda Hather
604 Records have released their fourth annual Christmas album featuring artists from the label. This year the album features Cassica (Cat Thomson and Jessica Lee duet), Paige Morgan, Kieran Mercer, AJ Woodworth, Kate Kurdyak, and Autumns Cannon.
“A Very Merry Christmas” is an original song written by both Jessica Lee and Cat Thomson. With the upbeat tempo and bells in the background, it is sure to be a favourite off of this album. The duo’s voices complement each other well, as they do in their covers on YouTube, and give the song an overall cheery feel. “Christmas On My Own” written and performed by Paige Morgan is more of a slower song for the holidays. Her softer vocals give the song a more sensual feel to it. Whereas many holiday songs are upbeat making them feel more cheery, this song is slower but still has a holiday feel to it. “Why Did Christmas Have To Change” by Kieran Mercer is another upbeat original song. The beat of the song makes you want to bounce and sing along with the infectious chorus. “Get Back To Christmas” by AJ Woodworth is tied for my favourite song off of the album. It talks about Christmas from when you were younger, versus when you’re older and trying to get back to the spirit of the holiday. It has a more country feel to it than the rest of the album. “Things They Think They Know” by Kate Kurdyak is another slower song with mostly an acoustic guitar in the background with a bit of piano. The festive lyrics make it the perfect Christmas song. Finally, the last song on the album from Autumns Cannon, “Big Bag of Rock N Roll”. As the name suggests, it definitely has a rock feel to it, mixed with a bit of country. The music doesn’t sound like the typical holiday song; nevertheless, it is still a great Christmas song that you need to have on your playlist for the holiday season.
You can purchase ‘604 Records: Get Back to Christmas’ here on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/604-records-get-back-to-christmas/id744658164.
604 Records’ sister label, Light Organ Records, also released their Christmas album, ‘Light Organ Records Presents: Sleighed’. This year it features Fake Shark Real Zombie, Frederick, Mounties, JPNSGRLS, and The Fugitives.
The first song on the album, “Winona Ryder Hates Christmas” comes from Fake Shark Real Zombie. The song definitely has the Fake Shark twist on it, giving it a sound you wouldn’t expect for a Christmas song. Although not the typical holiday song, it’s one you definitely want to be playing on your iPod this year. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Frederick featuring Pliscene is more of an electronic sounding song. Again, not the typical sound of a holiday song, but how could you deny having a song with lyrics such as “all I want for Christmas is a guy who can’t commit” on your holiday playlist? “Merry Christmas Maybe” by the Mounties is an eclectic sounding song. Although it may not be for everybody, the song is catchy. “Red & Green” by JPNSGRLS has a sound similar to that of The Sheepdogs. Definitely tied for my favourite song off of the album, the song, again, going with the theme of the album, does not sound like a typical holiday song. And finally, “New Years In Sochi” by The Fugitives is an acoustic folk type song. This song, along with the rest of the album, is a definite need in your holiday playlist this season.
You can also purchase the Light Organs Records album on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/light-organ-records-presents/id759013369.
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I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.