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Release date: 
November 10, 2015
Total songs: 
Alternative, Holiday
Play We Three Kings (feat. Abi Rose)

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Lit Up

Christmas music may just be this scribe's least favorite musical genre, but Victoria collective Astrocolor caught my attention with their new holiday-themed offering, Lit Up (their first album). For one thing, it appears on credible indie label Last Gang, for another, guest vocalists on the album include the excellent Kandle and Rykka. This is not your average Xmas record, even though the material selected features usual suspects like "The First Noel", "We Three Kings" and "Little Drummer Boy". Bassist Bill Farrant explains that "we wanted to create a sense of familiarity and exploration within the context of a Christmas album.” The primarily instrumental record was co-produced by Astrocolor and Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Dan Mangan), and its airy and jazzy vibe reflects such influences as Massive Attack, Air, Stan Getz, and St. Germain.