CMJ is premiering "Sleigh Ride" (feat. Abi Rose) off our debut album, Lit Up!
"Doing a Christmas album is often a crass, opportunist affair. Beiber, Gaga, even Bob Dylan—we don’t really care that you can do “White Christmas” or whatever, again. Doing a Christmas album as your debut album though seems almost ballsy. And when you’re smooth, dub-flecked, neo-jazzbos like Astrocolor, a mostly instrumental holiday revapimg seems like an excellent idea.
This premiere of the Victora, BC band’s smokey take on “Sleigh Ride,” featuring Canadian chanteuse Abi Rose, is a fine example of making something bearably new out of something annoyingly ingrained. Makes you want to bring the rest of their 10-song Christmas collection, Lit Up, along to that Xmas Eve party so you don’t have to hear “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” again."
Watch, read and listen here: https://www.cmj.com/track-premiere-astrocolor-sleigh-ride/
Flying home (or away!) for Christmas? Air Canada has added "Lit Up" to their inflight entertainment for flights within North America.
We're pretty excited about this, considering our name "Astrocolor" is an original type of in-flight entertainment from the 1960s.
Ever wonder what to get your headphones for Christmas? Well, we did, and we're over the moon to announce the official release of our debut album "Lit Up"! Recorded last Christmas, it's been a year in the making, cumulating in its release today via Last Gang Records.
What makes a band embark on creating a Christmas album? Experimentation, something different, keeping it fresh, keeping you on your toes? For us, it was all of those and we hope you enjoy the record as much as we did making it.
So, on that note, the only way to ensure you do not succumb to the curse of Friday the 13th is to share this post immediately (and then head on over to iTunes to treat yourself to an early Christmas gift)!