**"Down Down Down" -- featured on Paramount Pictures' "No Strings Attached"! (Jan 2011) **
"Let's write a holiday record," he said, and suddenly, like curious memories, there were tunes-- humming along like they'd been there for years. Words mysteriously strung themselves together: "velvet train," "rose and shine," "tractor wheel and riverside." We woke to jots of musical phrases. We fell asleep asking for the next line. The upright piano sang gentle, lilting songs. We sang along. We smiled.
Not that it all came in a rush. Some of it we dragged out of us with sweat and a rather magnificent Impatience. Nevertheless, the whole thing seemed to perch, whistle, and tease. If we were impatient, it was because the songs flirted so relentlessly. So-
All the more satisfying now to hear them played back: To listen in on a chorus of friends. To hear the pluck of nylon strings.
Pluck. Pluck. Hum. No small amount of jangle.
Autumn leaned happy, heavy into November. It swelled toward Thanksgiving, it turned the knob on the close of a year.
It winked at us, once, twice, and we played it some music.
It's a small smattering of Ellery's take on holiday songs. We hope you smile. We hope you sing along.
There's a harmony part with your name on it.
released November 24, 2009
Down, Down, Down
A Holiday EP by Ellery
Tasha Golden: vocals, piano
Justin Golden: guitars, bass, vocals, synths, toy piano, piano
Jack Corduroy: strings, celesta, bells
Joshua Seurkamp: drums, percussion, bells, chimes
Produced by Justin Golden
Recorded and Mixed by Justin Golden
Artwork and Design by (the unstoppable) Angela Gasparetti, www.freakydarling.com
Special thanks to all of the people who loaned and rented us instruments, microphones, gear, etc: Douglas Horner, Robbie Reider, Joshua Seurkamp, Andrea VonAllmen, Ted Troxell, Ric Hordinski, Rick Lawson at Auraphic Pro Audio Rental.
Thanks to Angela Gasparetti, Roman Titus, Douglas Horner, Corduroy Audio, Joshua Seurkamp, Brian Morris.
Thanks to Taylor Guitars and Heil Microphones.
Thanks to our families and friends.
Thanks to Ellery fans everywhere, we love you.
"Down, Down, Down," "Going Gone," "December Days" by Tasha & Justin Golden ©2009 Set Adrift Music (ASCAP)
"O Come O Come Emmanuel" words by John Mason Neale, music: "Veni Emmanuel," 15th century.
"Silent Night, Holy Night" music by Franz Gruber, Public Domain.