Off The Record – ALBUM FOCUS – White Xmas Lies, Magne Furuholmen

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  Today we look at the Christmas album released by A-Ha musician Magne Furuholmen – White Xmas Lies 
There Goes Another Year
This song is the opening song on the track and it is very melodic and has an essence of sadness to it. The Piano is the  highlight of this song and really highlights the innovative and creative styling of the track. This is not your average Christmas album and this song could be played throughout the year as it is poetic and hauntingly beautiful at the same time.

A Punch-Up On Boxing Day

A name like this is initially going to stand out due to the violent name and the theme in which it signifies. However when you listen to it, the melodic introduction feels like a contraction to the title.  It has a sort of Coldplay mixed with eighties feel to this song and it sort of creates a paradox with the lyrics.

 

 

 

Dark Days, Dark Nights

This song is one of the slower tracks on the album, the musical introduction takes you on a journey into the depths and the piano is played in a way that intertwines between sharp and flat notes that creates this haunting sound. It has an electronic feel to this song and also there is a lot happening musically all at once so you need to listen to it more then once to really embrace everything that is happening on the track.

 

 

The Ghost of Xmas Past

This song opens up with strings and it creates a powerful sad impact on your ears, you can feel the emotion pretty much straight away and it sorts of sticks with you. It makes you want to discover what this song is going to explore lyrically whilst also allowing you imagine a christmas past and a lot of snow around.  However this song does not have lyrics it is a musical interlude which is also interesting. One of the most unusual christmas themed songs I have heard but it has a melody that sort of captures the darkness and the happiness of the season at the same time.

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