From Lorem With Love, vol. 4 features holiday songs, happy and sad

a4104946762_10If the thought of yet another Michael Buble Christmas song makes your stomach churn, then this is the album for you. Portland-based label Lorem Ipsum Recordings, helmed by Rural Ghosts frontman Erik Neilson, puts out a compilation of works from its various associated artists each quarter, and naturally, the final installment of “From Lorem With Love” for 2013 features a holiday theme. Not expressly Christmas-y, per se, but more capitalizing on the mood and the spirit of the season, be it the cheery, upbeat power pop of Portland’s Muckie Mittens and their sleighbell-driven “Coming Together,” or the spooky, frosty, atmospheric “The Holy Ghost of Winslow Earle,” featuring Starlight Cicada on vocals and Rural Ghosts as the band.

Neilson offers up a sad, sparse solo acoustic song, “From Erik, With Love,” as does Jordan Herrera of the Oklahoma-based Young Readers, with his acapella version of “Silent Night.” Oliver Waterman contributes a classical guitar composition titled “Thinking of December,” while Maine’s own Whit Walker offers up a warped alt-folk Christmas fairy tale with “Citizens Arrest on Christmas.” The eight-track album closes out with an instrumental track from Montana-based Brett & Lena, and a delightfully strange and heartwarming contribution from the prolific New York independent songwriter and visual artist Ed Askew — a bit of a legend in indie music — with the synth-drenched “Winter Snow.”

Listen to all the “From Lorem, With Love” compilations on the Lorem Ipsum Recordings Bandcamp page. 

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer and editor for Bangor Metro Magazine, the Weekly and the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine. Albums for review are accepted digitally only; please no CDs.