Angels We Have Heard On High adds considerable depth to this holiday classic; the dense arrangements of this effort will stand up to repeat listens. The most important part of this composition has to be the narrative that is weaved through the playing; there does not have to be anything in the way of vocals to have listeners experience a full tale.
What Child Is This is darkly emotive and brooding in its initial registers before moving into something that is quite like a portrait. While the track may break the five-minute mark, the number of distinct movements that can be discerned here make the track go by in a blink of an eye.
We Three Kings of Orient Are is a high-water point for Alchymie on her Midnight Clear. The track begins fairly close to the traditional style which one will hear in public spaces through the season, but moves into a wholly different realm as the effort continues. Fans will be take to a wholly different space than they began.
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming is the concluding track on Midnight Clear, and the composition imbues upon the release a finality. This is the closing of the season, and Alchymie establishes an effort that is a little calm, collected, and maybe even a little wistful. With a number of other holiday standards covered with this release (Good King Wenceslas, O Christmas Tree, and Auld Lang Syne), Midnight Clear should be the first purchase of the upcoming season.
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Top Tracks: Angels We Have Heard On High, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
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