Peter Furler Christmas feat. David Ian
From the traditional orchestration of 'O Come All Ye Faithful' to the deconstructed 'O Come O Come Emmanuel', the arrangements reflect a solemn respect for these timeless Christmas classics. For example, Furler's introspective vocal delivery on 'We Three Kings' coupled with haunting melodies of the Duduk (Indigenous Armenian wind instrument), reinvigorates the often dismissed Christmas carol. The signature vintage sound of David Ian stays true and develops as he draws from his own cultural background. This album equally suits a meditative evening by the fire, or a dinner party with family and friends.
Grammy Nominated Australian Singer-Songwriter, PETER FURLER delivers his debut Christmas record. He has over 7 million album sales to his credit alongside extensive worldwide touring throughout the course of his career. With an international perspective in mind, he collaborates with 2013 Wall Street Journal favorited, Canadian-born David Ian whose unique affinity for the Vintage Christmas sound reaches a new level. Using singers and musicians from around the world including America, Armenia, Lebanon, Russia, and South Africa, the artists bring you an unparalleled cultured Christmas experience ringing sounds of the holiday season from ancient past to present.
People tend to love the Christmas season for so many reasons--the music is definitely one for many--but it's so often over-done and over-thought. Furler and Ian offer up some of most sung Christmas classics in a heartwarming and traditional manner. No matter what style of music you like, or if you like Christmas covers or originals better, it's likely that you'll find something to enjoy about this album...Simply put: The man knows what he's doing. Pick up Christmas and get in the holiday spirit a little early this year. --Michael Weaver, jesusfreakhideout.com
Whatever it is, if it involves David Ian, I'm interested, and Dave joins singer Peter Furler for an unusual but quite appetizing holiday disc in Christmas. He also produced and co-arranged the outing with Furler, so what more need I say? Plenty. And I will. Furler's vocal ruminations upon classic songs well known to all are going to raise a few eyebrows, as just the first cut, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, demonstrates. --FAME Review
"This recording is exceptional because of the triple point of Furler's voice, Ian's arrangements, and the magic that occurs after the first beat is struck. While Furler's voice is exceptional and a necessary centerpiece to the recording, it is Ian that remains the Oz behind the curtain." --All About Jazz, Michael Bailey, December 2014