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Genre: Christmas, Carol, Ambient Electronica, Alternative, Indie

Alternative worship duo Eikon release their unique, ambient electronica rendition of the classic carol Silent Night.

For more info on Eikon visit:
https://www.facebook.com/Eikonmusic

Download ‘Silent Night’ for free from SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/eikonmusic/silent-night

Lyrics:
Silent night, Holy night (x4)

Silent night, O Holy night
All is calm and all is bright (x2)

Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, tender and mild (x2)

Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace, child (x2)

Silent night, Holy night (x2)

Shepherds quake, at the sight
Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace (x2)

Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth

Silent night, Holy night (x4)

Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace, child (x2)

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Genre: Acoustic, Singer/Songwriter, Christmas, Carol

This song is taken from Jadon Lavik’s seasonal album, Christmas.

Jadon Lavik adds his acoustic flair to this classic carol and yet he maintains that wonderful Christmas vibe throughout the entire album. This is a song that makes me wish I was curled up in front of the fire, mulled wine in hand and singing along. Hopefully it makes you feel the same too, and if you love this version be sure to check out the rest of the album as it is filled with similarly wonderful covers of other Christmas classics!

Buy Christmas from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/christmas/id471699785
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas/id471699785

For more information on Jadon Lavik visit:
http://www.jadonlavik.com/
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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.

All rights belong to Paper Route.

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: 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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