Looking for something seasonal yet electronically mediated to fill your holiday playlist? Sort of like a yule log, but musical? Try the new compilation, A Candle’s Golden Glow, from the Dark Winter netlabel (darkwinter.com). Its 15 tracks are ambient, droning, and entirely season-appropriate. Much of it would fit in well with Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night, the annual beatbox street-art ritual of overlapping atmospherics (unsilentnight.com, disquiet.com).
You can hear a familiar melody buried amid birdsong on Gurdonark‘s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” (MP3), piped lightly above rhythmic static on Mikrodepresja‘s “Silent Night (nousarchive mix)” (MP3) and twisted gently in Ka-baalim‘s “Noel Melting” (MP3). Zenith‘s “Primordia Have Spoken” is a particularly beautiful and angelic haze (MP3). Get the the full set , compiled by Nathan Larson, at darkwinter.com. (I shot the above holiday image earlier this week in the Shimo-Kitazawa neighborhood of Tokyo.)