That Fuzzy Feeling E.P.
1 - It's Christmas and I Can't Find You a Present (Weller)
Sung by Josh Weller
2 - It's Christmas (And I Hate You) (Weller/Faith)
Sung by Josh Weller & Paloma Faith
3 - This Old World Grown Quiet (Barnes/Grundle)
Sung by Dale Grundle
4 - I'll Save The Bath Water For You This Christmas Time (Weller)
Sung by Josh Weller
5 - Unreasonable Dream: Christmas Night (Barnes/Barker)
Sung by Emily Barker
Arranged & Produced by Harry Escott
Performed by Arctic Circle Ensemble with the Puffin Voices
Arctic Circle Ensemble
Michelle So (Cello), Alex Beamont (Cello), tbc (Double Bass), Alice Westlake (Clarinet), Katie English (Flute), Tony Hawkins (Trumpet), Sandra Pattenden (French Horn), Ben Eshmade (French Horn), Ted Barnes (Guitar/Banjo), Josh Weller (Guitar), Oliver Cherer (Saw/Glockenspiel/Bells), Harry Escott (Piano), Dominic Murcott (Vibraphone), JC.Caddy (Drums)
Kerry Andrew, Josphein Arthur, Maciej Burdynowski, Sarah Stolen, Steve Lorimer, David Harvey, Fiona Rowden, Tom de Grunwald, Diana Jarvis.
Few things remind us of Christmas more than baubles, tinsel and lights, not to mention those family get-togethers around the fire. But itís easy to forget that half the joy is in the little details.
Like an exquisitely made holly wreath hanging from the door, a new EP draws together a host of artists to collaborate on five original compositions which sketch their interpretation of the Christmas song tradition.
A wintertime frolic jointly released on Arctic Circle and Static Caravan Recordings, That Fuzzy Feeling flits from pastoral folk-pop to seasonal sparring between spouses and back again; a collection of lilting, bittersweet songs which lean on the more melancholy side of the festive period. They shimmer and glide but with playfulness too Ė less Snowflakes Are Dancing than Snowflakes Are Sledding Downhill.
Featuring tracks sung by Josh Weller, Dale Grundle and Emily Barker, as well as a duet between Weller and Paloma Faith, That Fuzzy Feeling is a gentle and knowing nod to Christmas records from the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Low, sprinkled with snow globe scenes and antlers aplenty.
Itís Christmas (And I Hate You) is a Fairytale of New York for the toytronica generation; a Yuletide barney re-imagined as a brassy, offbeat carol, and one which references Greek mythology and human rights activists. Mistletoe & Wine this certainly isnít.
The remaining four tracks range from ethereal delights to near-baroque arrangements, underpinned by gently swelling horns and slow-building harmonies, while the chiming strains of Unreasonable Dream, Christmas Night is a breezy closer, gradually escalating towards a stomping crescendo Ė an effect which is no doubt bolstered by performance-enhancing mulled wine and mince pies.
ďAs Christmassy as a penguin wearing a red felt hat with bells on.Ē - S. Claus, Sleigh Today
For added Christmas cheer, the Arctic Circle Ensemble and choir will play a special show at Union Chapel on December 5th, bringing the whole festive shebang to life with all the wonder of the Yuletide season.
Download and Xmas Promo CD only