A Christmas Gift For You From Elefant Records

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Here at Elefant, we have always been huge fans of Christmas albums, so we finally decided to get our act together, and we’ve put a lot of energy and excitement into our first Christmas album. “A Christmas Gift For You From Elefant Records” is full of previously unreleased songs that look toward that luminous side of life, a fantastic excuse to feel optimistic, colorful, and, why not, irony and a sense of humor, to help us get through the hard times. And since we want nothing less than the best, it’s wrapped up in the marvelous design work of the great Duprez, always full of that unmistakable pop spirit that was already his in his own right. This is a gift from Elefant Records for all of our fans.

The album opens with one of Elefant Records’ new groups, the Scottish group ATTIC LIGHTS, who already knocked our socks off with their incredible harmonies (up to 4 voices) on their debut album “Friday Night Lights”. And as you might expect, they remind us of the exciting sweetness of the Wilson brothers’ vocals, and small details of the sonic landscape evoke the bitterness that often end up associated with Christmas-time. The second track is one of the songs that Guille Milkyway made for the children’s TV show “Jelly Jamm”, and which was put out under the name GUILLE MILKYWAY AND THE JELLY JAMM SOUND ORCHESTRA, with the unmistakable mark of our beloved Guille, and a precious children’s choir giving a special color to “Holding Hands Around The World” – a total hit. THE MAGIC THEATRE is another of Elefant’s new groups; they are a duo formed by Dan Popplewell and Sophia Churney, who formed OOBERMAN at the end of the 90’s. That group split up in 2003, and now, years later, they are beginning a new adventure – THE MAGIC THEATRE – together. Elefant Records will soon release their second album, after that fantastic orchestrated story that was “London Town”, and here they give us a precious and delicate “Christmas Lights”, somewhere between the theatrical and the sweetest side of Bobbie Gentry, Blossom Dearie or THE PARIS SISTERS.

The presence of a group like SINGLE on an album like this a must. They distance themselves from all Christmas clichés both sonically and lyrically in “La Luz Del Mundo”. Musically, they have some of that electronic pop with dub airs that Ibon likes so much, and lyrically, they put everything into an ambiguous view, so personal, like only they can do. MODULAR also does things their own way. On “El Viaje Mágico De Santa Claus”, they appeal to all those things that have made them such a special band: that cosmos that any fantastic persona that exists feels so at home in follows their gravitational pull, this time it’s Santa Claus himself, between tropical choruses, analogical synthesizers, and dazed vibes. With them, Christmas takes on a whole new dimension.

From Edine and Lisle Mitnik we were able to get a take from their marvelous new project EDINE AVEC LISLE MITNIK ET SON ORCHESTRE which they debuted with the latest release from New Adventures in Pop. The revisited “X-mas Song” is a great example of the fantastic results: a playful and delicious sweetness that only they can achieve. Dreamy. THE YEARNING has been one of our biggest discoveries in 2012, and we just had to ask them to contribute to our Christmas album. On it, they once again show their wonderful taste for arrangements and melodies on their incredible “I Just Wanna Hold Your Hand (On Christmas Day)”, a song that, once again, makes us think of Phil Spector, who is definitely one of the strongest influences on the whole album, starting with the title of this Christmas album, which is a clear homage to that marvelous album he released in 1963.

THE SCHOOL’s “Let Me Be The Fairy on Your Christmas Tree Tonight” is the only previously released song on the album, and it bears all the marks of the group: fifties spirit and a really catchy, fascinating chorus. Either way, these guys from Wales make up for being the only previously released song with another song, this time previously unreleased, and just as wonderful as the other song: “You’re Coming Home Tonight”. LA CASA AZUL coincides with MODULAR to give a Christmas a touch of outer-space on “Los Anillos De Alcyone (21-12-2012)”, a mid-tempo that shows so much compositional versatility. As he himself says, “a galactic catharsis”, a science fiction Christmas tale with an extraterrestrial visit and all, with the visitors bringing us light from the cosmos. THE PRIMITIVES once again give a good dose of electricity and disappointment with “You Trashed My Christmas”, one of those unforgettable punk-pop hymns, with their trademark incandescent riffs and a fantastic chorus, and an especially inspired Tracy Tracy.

The AXOLOTES MEXICANOS are one of the surprises we have ready for 2013, and here we have their first song for Elefant Records, before even their first single which will come in a few short weeks on the new release from our New Adventures In Pop collection. Four young Asturians, fresh and full of energy, who make their energetic, highly addictive pop, as this “Te Espero En Navidad” shows. The Brazilian duo YOUDOMETOO also gives us their own perspective within the parameters they showed on their fantastic debut for New Adventures In Pop: playful, slippery, almost low-fi, but full of energy and vitality, as they clearly show us on “Bells To Ring And Jingle”. BAND À PART show their passion for northern soul and sunshine pop on a fantastic “Donde Todo Sigue Igual”, probably one of their best songs so far, with really special and surprising arrangements. Another of our big groups this year, Duglas T Stewart and his BMX BANDITS, couldn’t be left out of the party, and they gave us the precious “Let’s Make Christmas Love”, showing us their great creative abilities with compositions and arrangements, a wonderfully delicious piece of work. And to pleasantly wrap up this album, FITNESS FOREVER leave their Italian behind and close with a beautiful, intimate instrumental piece, delicate and lovely with extraordinary arrangements.

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released November 4, 2013

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Track Name: ATTIC LIGHTS - Why Should Christmas Be So Hard?
Hey, do you want me to cancel?
Is Christmas too much to handle when the world has passed you by?
If you want to I'll show you
There's far more to it than your lonely Christmas life

Why should Christmas be so hard?
There's always the mistletoe in the dark
Why should xmas make you cry
Look at the snow that hangs in the sky
Loving the way that it glistens all over your eyes

Hey, why don't you step out and try it?
You'll find you need other people to make Christmas come alive
So what's the point in being lonely?
Come on over I'll show you what this time of year's about

All the jingle bells that bring you down
There's nothing to it if you hang around

Why should Christmas be so hard?
There's always the mistletoe in the dark
Why should xmas make you cry
Look at the snow that hangs in the sky
Loving the way that it glistens all over your eyes

I hear the carols and the sleigh bells ring
I try to fight it cause it's not your thing
Let's drink some whisky and we'll do it our own way
Why should Christmas be so hard
Track Name: GUILLE MILKYWAY AND THE JELLY JAMM SOUND ORCHESTRA - Holding Hands Around The World
Here we are
All together on a special day
And now we know that there'll be no more time for waiting
This is the dream that we're creating now
And here we are
All together in a special way
And in a moment we can be with all our friends
To make a line that never ends
Put your hand here in mine
We're joining in the fun
So come on everyone

And soon we will be
Holding hands
All together all around the world
And everyone is here from every nation
It's a happy celebration
We are
Holding hands
All together all around the world
And every single boy and girl is showing
That the love just keeps on growing ohh ohh

Here we are
All together on a special day
And now we know that we can reach so many places
Another million happy faces saying
Here we are
All together in a special way
And now we know that if we hold on to each other
We help our sisters and our brothers
Put your hand here in mine
And we'll be like the sun
We'll shine on everyone

And soon we will be
Holding hands
All together all around the world
And everyone is here from every nation
It's a happy celebration
We are
Holding hands
All together all around the world
And every single boy and girl is showing
That the love just keeps on growing ohh ohh

Holding hands
All together all around the world
And everyone is here from every nation
It's a happy celebration
We are
Holding hands
All together all around the world
And every single boy and girl is showing
That the love just keeps on growing growing growing

Holding hands
All together all around the world
And everyone is here from every nation
It's a happy celebration
We are
Holding hands
All together all around the world
And every single boy and girl is showing
That the love just keeps on growing when you're holding hands
Track Name: THE MAGIC THEATRE - Christmas Lights
Hand in hand with mulled wine as the snow fell gently down
In the oldest square in town, decorations all around
Enchanted by the sounds

Christmas lights echoing across the human sea of time
Like moments in your life, glowing memories
Christmas lights ringing in a universal chime
When humanity unites temporarily

Alcohol and music, friends and love at Christmas time
Raise a glass to those who’ve died, though they’re still alive inside
As we gaze into the lights

Christmas lights echoing across the human sea of time
Like moments in your life, glowing memories
Christmas lights ringing in a universal chime
When humanity unites temporarily

Every year it’s just the same
At least we hope it stays that way
In times of change you need familiar things
Then we can face whatever the future brings
As we gaze into the lights
Track Name: SINGLE - La Luz Del Mundo
Somos sumerios y babilonios
Somos romanos, griegos y egipcios
Todos queremos la luz del mundo
Nos la regala el Sol invicto

Cantan los gallos, llega la Navidad
Sacrificamos a corderitos
Agradeciendo la luz del mundo
Cantando alegres al Sol invicto

Que trae la luz del mundo
Nos trae la luz

Pondré un abeto, bolas de Navidad
Que se celebra la luz del mundo
Vamos a decorar casas y calles
Para conmemorar al Sol invicto

Somos sumerios y babilonios
Somos romanos, griegos y egipcios
Todos queremos la luz del mundo
Ganada por el Sol al cielo oscuro

Nos trae la luz del mundo
Nos trae la luz
Track Name: MODULAR - El Viaje Mágico De Santa Claus
Santa Claus llegó a mi ciudad
Pero a casa nunca llegó
Se quedó bebiendo en el bar
Con mi regalo de Navidad

Sonríe y él se ve muy feliz
Volando por el cosmos en su trineo espacial

Santa Claus es bien informal
Va a bailar a la discoteque
Pincha vinilos de los Beach Boys
Os Mutantes y los Bee Gees

Sonríe y él se ve muy feliz
Volando por el cosmos en su trineo espacial

Es Navidad
Tengo un regalo para vos
Es muy especial

Los duendes del hongo están
Todos para vos

Renos mágicos de luz
Viajan hasta el Sol

Vi volar al gran Santa Claus
Cruza aldeas, pueblos y el mar
Lleno de buena vibración
Va sembrando un poco de paz

Sonríe y él se ve muy feliz
Volando por el cosmos en su trineo espacial

Santa Claus es bien informal
Va a bailar a la discoteque
Pincha vinilos de los Beach Boys
Os Mutantes y los Bee Gees

Sonríe y él se ve muy feliz
Volando por el cosmos en su trineo espacial
Track Name: EDINE AVEC LISLE MITNIK ET SON ORCHESTRE - X-mas Song
I was packing up my things
I don't know what this winter brings
Forecast says there's a blizzard on the way

I'll go home and you will too
But I won't stop thinking of you
Won't you call me up on Christmas Day?

Everything will be alright
Just please please please stay here tonight
I can't sleep when you're far away

Everything just goes to fast
I just want to stay in the past
I can't face this world alone
Track Name: THE YEARNING - I Just Wanna Hold Your Hand (On Christmas Day)
Every flake of snow that falls
Every time the postman calls
How I long to hold you close, hold you near
Every time a sleigh bell rings
Every song the children sing
How I long to see your face, to have you here

But baby you’re too far away
Tomorrow’s just another day
But still I sit and hope and pray
That you’ll come home tonight

I just wanna see you
I just wanna hold your hand on Christmas Day

Every advent calendar day
Every tune the radios play
Makes me miss your smile like never, like never before
Every ribbon tied so tight
Every little card I write
Makes me wish for your sweet love, so much more

But baby you’re too far away
Tomorrow’s just another day
But still I sit and hope and pray
That you’ll come home tonight

I just wanna see you
I just wanna hold your hand on Christmas Day

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna to feel your loving arms around my heart

I just wanna see you
I just wanna hold your hand on Christmas Day
I just wanna see you
I just wanna hold your hand on Christmas Day
I just wanna see you
I just wanna hold your hand on Christmas Day
Track Name: THE SCHOOL - Let Me Be The Fairy On Your Christmas Tree Tonight
Cuddly toys and Christmas trees
Stockings filled with sweets for me
Rollers, sparklers, Eastenders
Same old presents wait and see

Breaking down on the M4
Only fog no sign of snow
I don't know where I'm going to
But I'm hoping I'll bump into you

Christmas bells were calling out your name
And the stars were writing out the same
Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight
Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight
Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight
Or maybe until New Year's Eve

Jingle bells and the hit parade
Twinkling stars and sparkly shoes
Office parties with mulled wine
Glitzy dresses, my head held high

I just want someone to stay in
Watching Brucie's special with
No-one should be alone tonight
Especially a girl like me

Christmas bells were calling out your name
And the stars were writing out the same
Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight
Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight
Let me be the fairy on your Christmas tree tonight
Or maybe until New Year's Eve
Track Name: LA CASA AZUL - Los Anillos De Alcyone (21-12-2012)
La nieve empieza a caer
El aire hiela la calles sin piedad
No hay mucho más por hacer
El viejo mundo (espera) prepara su final

La luz es de otro color
La gente corre entre el tráfico hacia el bar
En las noticias de hoy
Anuncian que algo increíble va a pasar

El contacto estelar

Esta Navidad en plena catarsis galáctica
Esta Navidad la nave nodriza fundacional
Aterrizará en el centro de Montmartre
Los visitantes te desean una feliz Navidad

Desde Electra, desde Alcyone
Traemos la luz del cosmos

Estoy perdiendo el control
Me falta el aire y comienzo a divagar
Ya siento la radiación
Ondas Schumann en plena actividad

Ellos apagan el Sol
La nueva era celeste universal
Los anillos de Alcyone
Anuncian nuestra escalada dimensional

El contacto estelar

Esta Navidad en plena catarsis galáctica
Esta Navidad la nave nodriza fundacional
Aterrizará en el centro de Montmartre
Los visitantes te desean una feliz Navidad

Desde Electra
Traemos la luz del cosmos
Track Name: THE PRIMITIVES - You Trashed My Christmas
Your love is a pretense
Now I see it clearly
I’ve got a box of evidence
Of how you feel about me
It’s full of broken bells and things
You should have taken more care
What good’s a fairy without wings
This Christmas tree looks so bare

You trashed my Christmas
You broke my heart at Christmas

Your love is a pretense
Now I see it clearly
I’ve got a box of evidence
Of how you feel about me
The decorations are all smashed
You should have taken more care
And Santa’s sleigh looks like it’s crashed
This Christmas tree looks so bare

You trashed my Christmas
You broke my heart at Christmas

(You trashed my) Christmas
Track Name: AXOLOTES MEXICANOS - Te Espero En Navidad
Ha pasado otro año
Me sigues sin mirar
Yo te sigo esperando
Bajo el muérdago en Navidad

Todos son muy felices
Y yo me pongo a llorar
Porque te sigo esperando
Porque es Navidad

La gente camina sonriendo 
En el centro comercial
Las calles se iluminan
Es tiempo de Navidad

Y aunque no me hagas caso
Tú me haces suspirar
Quedémonos un rato
Bajo el muérdago en Navidad

Necesito verte una vez más
Vuelve conmigo esta Navidad
Vuelve conmigo esta Navidad

Ya se ha ido el verano
El viento empieza a soplar
Por favor hazme caso
Esta noche de Navidad
Track Name: YOUDOMETOO - Bells To Ring And Jingle
So happy we go
That you and me 
And every day of sorrow
Are gonna be alright

Until we know
That we are free
And there's nothing else
To be afraid in life

We can find the way of love to grow
Everyone should try and carry on

Some bright stars are guiding all the way
Bells to ring and jingle
Bells to ring and jingle
Under the moonlight is time to celebrate
For today's a blessed holy day

With hope we go
That you and me
And every new tomorrow 
Are gonna be so fine

Until we grow and feel complete
Staying side by side
We're gonna dream so high

Smiling my soul out I sing this song
The Santa is on his way let's carry on

Some bright stars are guiding all the way
Bells to ring and jingle
Bells to ring and jingle
Under the moonlight is time to celebrate
For today's a blessed holy day

Let's open our minds
And raise our hearts 
In peace, in love and have
A Merry Christmas life
Embrace a world of magic
Of hope, dreams and full delight
So bright

Some bright stars are guiding all the way
Bells to ring and jingle
Bells to ring and jingle
Under the moonlight is time to celebrate
For today's a blessed holy day
Track Name: BAND À PART - Donde Todo Sigue Igual
Es curioso esto de volver
A las calles que dejé
A amigos que olvidé

El reloj no ha vuelto a funcionar
Aquí todo sigue igual
Desde el día que me marché

Esta tarde he ido a pasear
Entre bolas de cristal
Y campanas de papel

He visto a los chicos en el bar
Y aunque estaba él también
No te has de preocupar

Cada Navidad
La misma ciudad

Vuelvo a reencontrar
Lo que costó olvidar

Esta noche antes de cenar
Mi padre querrá charlar
De política social

Tengo ganas de volverte a ver
En dos días llegaré
Mientras tanto, cuídate
Track Name: THE SCHOOL - You're Coming Home Tonight
Even though we're far apart
And all alone for Christmas
It don't matter where you are
You're coming home tonight

And in the streets the snow is falling on the ground
I hope you get to see it soon
The city lights shine bright and glisten all around
And I can't wait til you're beside me once again
Track Name: BMX BANDITS - Let's Make Christmas Love
The weather outside isn't really nice see
I'm frightened the cold might make you ill
And the path to the bus stop's gone all icy
You could so easily take a spill

Your nose and your cheeks are a little rosy outside the north wind blows
We're inside where it's warm and cosy, let's make Christmas love

At this time you really shouldn't be naughty (don't leave me love)
But we're being both naughty and nice (nice)
It's too early for you to be leaving (don't leave me love)
Keep warm and listen to my advice
Track Name: FITNESS FOREVER - Su Šventom Kalėdom
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