It has become somewhat of a tradition that Audio Relic Hunter Melmoth The Wanderer visits us all at this time of year with a very special seasonal gift. Not your usual sugary Yuletide fare but just as steeped in tradition and nostalgia – you can almost hear the fire crackle and smell the wood smoke mix with the smell of pine and Christmas spices as you enjoy these wintry soundscapes mixed with just a hint of Jamesian pleasing terror.
2013 – The Ghost of Winters Past
A mix of new and old music inspired by winter and the approaching festive season. It includes echoes of Christmas past from Shakespeare, The Box of Delights and a recounting of the Great Freeze of 1963.
I put the mix together with the idea in mind of waking to find the land white with the nights snow and the initial excitement that brings in everyone of all ages…..then the reality of what the weather means kicks in – as reflected by the Great Freeze commentary.
2014 – Christmas – through a glass darkly.
The stranger trudges through the snow covered streets glimpsing shadows and shades of the season through frosted windows. Echoes of Christmases past, present and future merge as he pauses at each window to absorb the sights and sounds…..through a glass darkly.
2015 – A Fireside Companion
This third of the Melmoth seasonal mixes is here.
The first took us through a landscape of ice and snow – the second took us back to our childhood when the television in our front room truly was a box of delights.
This year sees us attending Midnight mass and trudge back home through the snow in the company of Christmas ghosts, a certain signal man and all that makes for an un-silent night.