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Genre: Indie, Christmas, Carol

Paper Route are an indie rock band from Tennessee, USA. The band is comprised of J.T. Daly, Chad Howat, and Gavin McDonald. This cover of the classic Christmas Carol ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ is taken from their free Christmas EP Thank God The Year Is Finally Over. A wonderful little addition to any Christmas playlist, you’ll find yourself humming along to the violin riff almost immediately. Well worth grabbing the rest of the EP.

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Download Thank God The Year Is Finally Over for free from the bands website:
http://paperrouteonline.com/media/download-music/

For more information on Paper Route visit:
http://paperrouteonline.com/
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Genre: Indie, Worship, Experimental, Christmas

This song is taken from the album Advent.

Young Oceans are a band from Trinity Church, New York City, and this album, Advent, is their second release so far. Advent, is a Christmas album but rather than focusing on the birth of Jesus and the celebrations of our Saviour’s arrival, this album looks more towards the build up of excitement prior to the events in the New Testament. This song is a beautiful atmospherical soundscape with lyrics inspired and adapted from Isaiah 40:3-4:

“Let all who hear make way
And may these hearts prepare a place
For ‘God with Us’
Will come to save
And surely He shall comfort those he loves
And so we wait.”

As a truly inspiring, reflective and alternative soundtrack for the lead up to Christmas, I highly recommend getting your mittens on this EP.

Purchase Advent from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/advent/id584484597
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/advent/id584484597

For more information about Young Oceans visit:
http://www.youngoceans.com/
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Genre: Blues, Slow Jazz, Acoustic Piano, Christmas

This song is taken from the album Snow Angels.

Over The Rhine don’t like to be classed as a ‘Christian Band’ but they are both Christians and in a band so by that definition they are. The Ohio band Over The Rhine are the married coupling of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. They aren’t overtly vocal about their faith but in interviews they occasionally discuss it and it certainly shows through in some of their songs. This is a beautiful little blues song, it’s content clearly stated in the title, and although it may be bluesy it still has that sat beside the open fire sound to it. I love a good original Christmas song, especially one which breaks the mould and this does just that in a wonderfully stylish way.

Purchase Snow Angels from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/snow-angels-bonus-track-version/id295641865
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/snow-angels-bonus-track-version/id295641865

For more information about Over The Rhine visit:
http://overtherhine.com/
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Genre: Indie, Synth-Pop, Christmas, Carol

This song is taken from Slospeak Christmas, Vol. 1.

Eazy Tiger is the name used by Joshua Brian to perform under, he is currently signed to Slospeak records. This track, along with Josiah James’ cover of The First Noel are both available for free download from Noisetrade.com. Since downloading these tracks, I’ve found myself starting my Christmas playlist more and more often with this beautiful carol. I love about this track for the perfect blend of modern style soft background synths and slightly autotuned harmonies (similiar to the style of the most recent Bon Iver album) mixed with the church choir sound. It’s very contemporary whilst at the same time remaining very classical, and for this carol Eazy Tiger’s style works brilliantly. Joshua Brian has also added to the end of the song by singing the chorus of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and truly created a delightful Christmas/worship song.

Purchase Slospeak Christmas, Vol. 1 from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/slospeak-christmas-vol.-1/id582664299
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/slospeak-christmas-vol.-1/id582664299

For more information about Eazy Tiger visit:
http://www.facebook.com/Thisiseazytiger
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Genre: Indie, Christmas, Carol

This song is taken from King’s Kaleidoscope Christmas EP, Joy Has Dawned, released today (27th November 2012) King’s Kaleidoscope are signed to the Mars Hill Music Label and are a worship band at one of the many Mars Hill churches in America.

Since I heard that King’s Kaleidoscope were working on a Christmas EP, I have been counting down the days for this release in pure childlike excitement. This is a cover of the classic Christmas Carol/Hymn O Come All Ye Faithful, and again, the horns and strings section of King’s Kaleidoscope do a fantastic job of adding atmosphere to the song, and in the case of this carol they add a real festive sound too. It’s also great to see that bands are still able to produce that Christmas sounding vibe without just adding quiet jingle bells in the background! The other highlights on this EP for me is the rendition of O Holy Night, and the modern hymn All Glory Be To Christ, written by fellow Mars Hill Worship leader Dustin Kensrue (Lead singer of Thrice & The Modern Post).

Purchase Joy Has Dawned from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/joy-has-dawned-ep/id578271889
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/joy-has-dawned-ep/id578271889

For more information about King’s Kaleidoscope visit:
http://www.facebook.com/kingskaleidoscope
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Genre: Indie, Christmas, Carol

Wayfarer describe themselves as a band that make repurposed hymns. And for this Christmas they are releasing two Christmas songs. The first of these, is their cover of this classic carol, The Holly & The Ivy. I love the sound of Wayfarer and the hymns that they have ‘repurposed’ are absolutely brilliant, their cool indie, surf rock style adds so much to the classic songs, and is pretty unique sound in Christian music right now.

Download Wayfarer’s Christmas EP here:
http://wayfarerseattle.bandcamp.com/

For more information on Wayfarer visit:
http://www.wayfarerhymns.com/
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Genre: Folk, Acoustic, Christmas, Carol, Indie, Pop

Texas band Folk Angel team up with Jeff Johnson & Jourdan Johnson for this folk version of the Christmas Hymn, O Holy Night, taken from their album Comfort & Joy – Christmas Songs, Vol 3. Since 2009, Folk Angel have released a Christmas EP/Album each year, and this year shall be the same, there isn’t a release date yet but according to their Facebook and Twitter it’s nearly ready. For now though enjoy this brilliant rendition of O Holy Night, and be excited for more Christmas songs as we work our way slowly towards the 25th!

Buy Comfort & Joy – Christmas Songs, Vol 3. from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/comfort-joy-christmas-songs/id480592151
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/comfort-joy-christmas-songs/id480592151

For more information on Folk Angel visit:
http://www.folkangel.com/
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Genre: Acoustic, Singer/Songwriter, Rock

It may still be 102 days until Christmas, but it’s never too early for a Christmas song, especially when it’s as good as This Is War. This epic sounding song by Dustin Kensrue looks at the nativity scene and the birth of Jesus through a different view, the view that this is the start of a huge war between Jesus and Death rather than joyful celebrations of a new born king. A very unique Christmas song, and some very good song writing, for more Christmas songs from Dustin Kensrue check out the album this song is from – This Good Night Is Still Everywhere.

Lyrics:
This is war like you ain’t seen.
This winter’s long, it’s cold and mean.
With hangdog hearts we stood condemned,
But the tide turns now at Bethlehem.

This is war and born tonight,
The Word as flesh, the Lord of Light,
The Son of God, the low-born king;
Who demons fear, of whom angels sing.

This is war on sin and death;
The dark will take it’s final breath.
It shakes the earth, confounds all plans;
The mystery of God as man.

Download this brilliant album off iTunes:
United Kingdom:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/this-good-night-is-still-everywhere/id296902507
United States of America:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/this-good-night-is-still-everywhere/id296902507

For more info about Dustin Kensrue visit:
www.dustinkensrue.com/

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