Happy holidays, everybody!
Click on the album cover to download or stream Hark to the Buzz! this year’s BEST indie holiday album!
It’s a big month for Gighive. We launched our indie music directory on the 7th, and we’ve also been working on putting together our first playlist, Hark to the Buzz! Indie artists from around the world have submitted their holiday songs for this festive compilation showcase, and the entries have been AMAZING!
If I had to use one word to describe the indie artists on this downloadable, streamable playlist, it would be ECLECTIC. In fact, entries were so eclectic that the biggest challenge of this project was creating a cohesive playlist that flowed from song to song.
While most indie compilations tend to feature a particularly “indie” sound, what we discovered throughout the course of this project was that there is no one sound that defines independent music today. We had Hark to the Buzz! entrants from every genre – down tempo to country, screamo to pop – and the selection resulted in an album where the dominant thread is independence.
Does an album that moves from hip hop to folk tunes sound a bit jarring? It might be, if it weren’t for the common thread of holiday spirit uniting each track. Travel from DJ Kutz’ Xmas in the Hood to Marcia McLeod’s soulful cover of John Prine’s Christmas in Prison. The uniqueness of each track, combined with a pleasing sense of continuity, came together to create an album that’s perfect for parties and for chill-out time at home. We hope that you enjoy Gighive’s 2009 Holiday Playlist.
Hark to the Buzz! Track list and artist info:
Christmas in Prison – Marcia McLeod, Matt McLeod, John Testar