Thursday, December 3, 2015

25 Holiday Records: 23: Imagene Peise: Atlas Eats Christmas by Flaming Lips

We're counting down to Christmas Day with a list of 25 records we have in the shop at Royal Cat Records! Why? Because vinyl rules!

Our next record is a new-ish modern classic by a vital and whimsical group.


Imagene Peise: Atlas Eets Christmas
by The Flaming Lips
Warner Bros.
(red vinyl)

This record is another reissue of an older hard-to-find record with a checkered past. Originally released in 2007 as a Christmas album under a fake name ("Imagene Piece"), this Flaming Lips production is a quiet and entrancing collection of mostly instrumental variations on holiday standards. Lots of gentle, meandering jazzy piano mixed with a background of psychedelic synths and electronic noise, sitar and found sounds. 

We can imagine playing this record as background music at a space-age cocktail party or just while sitting i front of the fire, meditating on the true meaning of Christmas.

Reminiscent of Vince Gualardi's Peanuts soundtracks, it also has something of a timeless quality. We think it must of been hard to find over time, so it was finally re-released last year for Black Friday on red vinyl (we have got a few copies in the shop this year.)

Track listing: 

A1 Winter Wonderland 3:45
A2 Silver Bells 2:41
A3 Christmas Laughing Waltz (Including Jingle Bells) 4:29
A4 Silent Night 3:18
A5 Atlas Eets Chistmas 3:08
B1 Do You Hear What I Hear? 4:01
B2 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 3:00
B3 White Christmas (Binson Echorec Sleigh Ride) 3:19
B4 Frosty The Snowman 2:32
B5 Christmas Kindness Song 3:09
B6 The Christmas Song 3:41

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