Chilly Gonzales - A Very Chilly Christmas
A very chilly christmas, featuring Feist and Jarvis Cocker, arrives, evergreen, on November 13, 2020.
Christmas music: a peculiar genre that offers everything from solemnity to exuberance. Christmas carols are beloved, largely uncontested vessels for emotion and memory, gratitude and generosity.
Enter Chilly Gonzales.
Composer, showman in slippers and a bathrobe, he has a deep dedication to his craft: he’s an Entertainer. His humble service to this calling lends a certain inevitability to this announcement: Chilly Gonzales has made a Christmas album.
From feudal oldies to newer holiday pop canon, A very chilly christmas surveys a broad scope of seasonal repertoire and sentiment. There’s grandeur and solemnity, there’s austerity and merriment, and there’s Mariah Carey.
With his unabashed loyalty to melody, Gonzales’ approach deftly navigates the myth of one shared songbook with a collection that opts for nuance over pomp. From Wenceslas to Wham, the great revelation of this collection is the restrained, distilled beauty of Gonzales’ signature minor key interpretations.
“Christmas is a time of very mixed intense emotion for me, and the existing canon often sounds like a forced smile. Christmas is a typical time for superficial happiness, but also a time for reflection and mourning the sad events throughout the year, and to play the songs in a minor key makes Christmas more authentic and realistic.”
From solo arrangements to intricate, delicate additions of strings, bells, choir and more, A very chilly christmas also features Gonzales’ frequent stage and studio collaborator, cellist Stella Le Page. As a whole, the album’s gift is the space it creates for quieter moments amid the flurry and noise of the season.
1. Silent Night
2. Good King Wenceslas
3. Silver Bells
4. Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. Last Christmas
6. The Banister Bough (feat Feist)
7. Jingle Bells
8. All I Want For Christmas Is You
9. In the Bleak Midwinter (feat Jarvis Cocker)
10. Snow Is Falling In Manhattan (feat Jarvis Cocker and Feist)
11. O Tannenbaum
12. Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging
13. O Come, All Ye Faithful
14. We Three Kings
15. Auld Lang Mynor
Artist: Chilly Gonzales
Label: Gentle Threat
Genre: Indie & Alternative
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: GENTLE22LP
Released: 13th November 2020