Thursday, December 15, 2016

Passion Pit frontman speakheads Christmas music project

Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields OST, a collaboration between Michael Angelakos (singer/songwriter/producer of Passion Pit), Brent Katz and director Hana Haley is out now. The video album and OST was produced for AKH Productions and released in partnership with Frenchkiss Records. 

Debut single, "Stained Glass Windows" can be streamed here and the video is here.

Though the project began with Angelakos and Katz years earlier, Haley completed the circle and the video album is her directorial debut, mirroring the familiar yet otherworldly effects of the music. After years of false starts, the two songwriters finally got to see one of their ambitious musical projects become real.

Starting in March of 2016, the project initially made for fun, but it would soon evolve. By September, the three friends traveled to Buffalo's Nichols School, Angelakos's alma mater. This turned out to be the perfect place to film their dreamy World War II Christmas musical.

With the help of Nichols School, and with only 4 days to shoot, 32 children performed roles in a children's play adaptation of trio's original story of Merry Christmas, Mr Fields. It yielded a purer take on the project's original idea. The artists developed the project's elements together, and wrapped the project earlier this month.

The foundational genre touchstones of Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields include 1940's music ("Weather the Storm," "Christmas in Your Arms,") and the classicist's take on orchestral musical theater ("Permission to Audition," "And Never Be Afraid"). 

AKH Productions will be donating all of the proceeds to charity, as well as the Nichols SchoolArts Department.

Track listing: 

2.Meet Me at Daphne's
4.Weather the Storm
5.Permission to Audition
6.Footprints in the Snow
7.December to Remember
8.O Holy Night
9.Stained Glass Windows
10.Answer Me, Harry
11.And Never Be Afraid
12.Wake Up, It's Christmas
13.Christmas in Your Arms
14.Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields
15.Stained Glass Windows (End Credits)

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