Free Download Of Heartwarming Holiday Tunes
Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:25:06
Over on NoiseTrade, the folks have secured a quality niche in a certain corner of the internet. They're not the loudest, and they're not always the most popular, but the artists that share their tunes on the 'pay what you like' platform represent something refreshing about the industry. These are singer songwriters and artists with a deliberate approach to craft, yes - they're here to offer samplers and teasers of current or upcoming releases, and we never truly escape the industry game. However, there's something about NoiseTrade, and the artists that it shares, that is resoundingly polite and somehow graciously well considered.
It's no surprise then that the NoiseTrade 2016 Holiday Mix features some of the quiet-yet-confident voices that have featured on the site before, or have a reputation for the kind of spirit that is celebrated by the outlet, and the season.
At 18 tracks, and weighing in at over an hour long, the mix is going to be a useful soundtrack for all your gift wrapping needs, or for a chill out at the end of a day, ahead of busier periods that the holiday will undoubtedly bring.
The tone of generosity and reflection runs through the diversity of artists, and captures well the contrasts between the holiday experience. Sloane, singing in "Kids Come Back Again At Christmas", discuss the battle between 'big business and religion' that the kids are unaware of. Saintseneca personalizes the experience discussing a painful airport layover as he struggles to make it home to loved ones. "All the Best" also represents the sadness of the season - considering the workers in the copper mines of Peru… it's a striking visual that shimmers as brightly as the lights that he sleeps beneath, exhausted on the sofa.
In a mix that contains a number of generous contributors selecting a favorite passage is an ever-shifting task. However, Canadian singer songwriter Zaac Pick somehow (quietly) demands a replay almost immediately with his single "Finding Christmas" which was first released in 2011. His personal take of the holiday period is characteristic of his other work. It's low key, unassuming, and yet somehow urgent - and with an easy charm it can dismantle the hardest opponent to the process.
During a holiday period where conflicting ideologies are often magnified, or when commercialism is ramped beyond sickening, NoiseTrade has once again managed to install music as the focus - and that is a warm and welcomed gift.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff