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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Electronic Instrumental




"Astrocolor - Lit Up"

Deep down, you've got to be a thoroughly miserable wretch of a soul not to enjoy Christmas songs. There's enough misery in the world to take such a violent dislike to the music that is an essential ingredient of the holiday season. But, if for whatever reason your inner Jacob Marley finds it somehow too difficult to see Christmas songs as 'cool', Astrocolor's 'Lit Up' might be the record for you.

Astrocolor are a group based in Victoria in Western Canada's British Columbia. If Canada's bitingly cold winters might have provided a natural inspiration for the unit, it was in fact Stan Getz's 'Getz Au-Go-Go' and the jazz master's achingly hip versions of tracks like 'Summertime' on that live LP from New York that provided the kernel of the idea for this downbeat collection of festive favourites. Straddling relaxed jazz, funky electronics, vaguely psychedelic rock and spatial dub, this is the type of album that even a moody goth kid could find themselves warming to. You truly have heard nothing quite so intriguing as the subtle treatment of 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer', with evocative sax, Wes Montgomery-esque guitar dexterity and Speak & Spell voices.

When they're joined by singers like Abi Rose on 'Sleigh Ride' or Antonia Freybe-Smith on the opening 'Do You Hear What I Hear?' there's the same spine-tingling sensation of ethereal joy mixed with wintery mystery and intrigue that has coloured Christmas songs by everyone from Phil Spector to She & Him. Okay, so it won't be everyone's glass of eggnog, but if you something not at all cheesy to round out your Christmas lunch indulgences this year, 'Lit Up' is the best present you could wish for this year. - Clash (UK)

"Astrocolor - Lit Up"

Any Christmas album worth its salt draws from the classics. Versions of, say, “We Three Kings”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Silent Night”, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” and “The Little Drummer boy” are compulsory. What is not so inevitable is how these musical and seasonal chestnuts are tackled. All five songs are covered on Lit Up: Music for Christmas, and all five sound like they never have before.

Astrocolor are from Canada. The five-piece from Victoria, British Columbia formed specifically to make a Christmas album like no other. Want a Massive Attack-style “We Three Kings”? Look no further. Need a jazzy, down-tempo "Sleigh Ride”? This is the place to come. Have a yen for a blunted-beats “Silent Night” with Mazzy Star guitar and sensuous sax? Come right here.

It’s probable the words "lit up" in the title do not refer to Christmas-tree lights, but the type of recreational drag which trip-hop was built for. Over the album’s 10 tracks, Astrocolor do for the Christmas album what a collaboration between Massive Attack and St Germain may have done: give it beats, a loping groove and the space of dub to create a soundtrack for kicking back when everything which has to be done has been done. Just the thing to complement the inertia inevitable after overdoing the seasonal cheer. - The Arts Desk (UK)

"Astrocolor - Lit Up"

Getting in to the yuletide spirit, Victoria-based five-piece Astrocolor have unveiled a new festive offering in the form of an album titled Lit Up. The 10-track set hears the band deconstructing and reinventing a series of holiday classics — and you can hear the whole thing right now at Exclaim!

Mixing traditional tracks with their own unique blend of ambient, dub-infused pop, Astrocolor have crafted a collection of songs that manage to be fresh and exciting, as well as comfortingly familiar.

Opening with "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and revamping old favourites like "We Three Kings," "Silent Night" and "The Little Drummer Boy," the band rope in guest musicians like Antonia Freybe-Smith, Abi Rose, Rykka and Kandle for an intriguing approach to Christmas music. - Exclaim (Canada)


Lit Up (Music for Christmas) – 2015



Astrocolor moves bodies with big beats and hypnotic live instrumentation. Combining the instrumental subtlety of Air with the rhythmic power of The Chemical Brothers, the band plays on the edges of electronic, jazz, and breakbeat.

Astrocolor's debut album, Lit Up, was a critically-acclaimed seasonal adventure that will soon be complimented by the band's forthcoming album of original material.

"Keening synths, jazz soundscapes and more reverb than is strictly decent...beard-strokingly cool.” UNCUT (UK)

“Ethereal joy...Straddling relaxed jazz, funky electronics, vaguely psychedelic rock and spatial dub.” Clash (UK)

"Spacey, dubby, jazzy background/foreground music." The Sunday Times (UK)

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