You may have noticed the new header on this website, and indeed its shiny new design. This is because our first proper album release is on its way. We have created the official soundtrack to Owen Hatherley‘s excellent new book for Verso, A New Kind of Bleak. It’s not a score, it’s a set of 18 songs based on Owen’s writing – if it was on vinyl or CD rather than digital, it would be a double album. Coming to iTunes and other retailers soon – we will announce the release date when we know it.
To tide you over until then, and to cheer up those who can’t afford to buy music at the moment, we have released a new free EP of stories and music on Bandcamp: The Damned Hangman. Today is Lammas, otherwise known as the Gule of August. The Gule of August is thought to mean the Yule of August, so here comes your present…all we ask in return is for your (real) email address.
Golau Glau present: The Damned Hangman.
So, this Christmas we have made:
We’re about to lock up GG Towers for the holidays, so have a wonderful Yule and we’ll see you in the New Year.
“Nollick Ghennal” is Manx for “Merry Christmas”.
You can stream and download two hours of seasonal music from Mixcloud.
‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – Santa Claus and the Polar Elves
The Owd Tup – Golau Glau
Reggae Christmas Eve in Transylvania – Count Floyd (Joe Flaherty)
Pas De Cadeau – Un Drame Musicale Instantane
Santa Send A Fella – Rose Marie
Christmas Time is Here [Vince Guaraldi cover] – Woods
Quand Il Neige Sur Mon Pays – Herman Apple Ses Carillons Et Ses Percussions
Santa Brought Me Choo Choo Trains (But Daddy’s Having Fun) – Spike Jones & His City Slickers
Christmas Wants – Hank Snow
The Christmas Queen – The Muppets
Motown Christmas – mojochronic
Walking in the Air – Hong Kong In The 60s
Twinkle Toes – The Crew Cuts
Yuletide Throwdown – Blondie
Snowfall – The Ramsey Lewis Trio
The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – The London Sound 70 Orchestra and Chorus
Love’s What You’re Gettin’ For Christmas – Bobby Sherman
Over The River And Through The Woods – Barney
Oak Moon (The Advisory Circle Radio Edit) – Golau Glau
I Wish That… – Josie Long
Y Ferch Nadolig – Trwbador
I Believe In Santa Claus – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
Christmas Rock – Franck Lester
Xmas Party – The Snowmen
Christmas Is My Favorite Time Of Year (Reprise) – The Flintstones Cast
Christmas On Mars – Groovie Ghoulies
The Yule Cat – Golau Glau
Christmas Is Here (But, Not For Long) – Baskerville Hounds
Santa & The Touchables – Dickie Goodman
The Christmas Riddle – Peggy Lee
Space Christmas – Shonen Knife
Don’t Drink And Drive, Duh! – Pee-Wee Herman
Christmas Lullaby – Cary Grant
Christmas Christmas – Cheap Trick
Mystery Of The Missing Santa (Extract) – Scooby-Doo And Friends
Christmas Bop – Marc Bolan
Christmas All Over The World – Jim Nabors
Christmas Countdown – Frank Kelly
The 2011 Golau Glau seasonal spectacular is here!
The Masque Of Bruma is a festive EP out now for free download from Bandcamp.
A masque is an amateur dramatic entertainment of the 16th to 17th centuries in England, consisting of pantomime, dancing, dialogue, and song, often performed at court. It seems appropriate for our motley collection of: a brand new song about the Icelandic myth of the Yule Cat, a radiophonic take on a classic mummers play, beautiful Christmas carols, a remix by Ghost Box‘s resident genius The Advisory Circle and a little wassailing.
Illustrations by the lovely Dom Cooper.
Coming soon from Golau Glau…free to download later this month. This year: The Masque Of Bruma awaits.
While you’re waiting, we advise that you enjoy SPEKTRMODULE 2 by Warren Ellis, featuring our very own ‘Seeing This Shape’. Or our Christmas EP from last year, Myrrh & Myth.
In addition to the free Myrrh & Myth Christmas EP, we have released a free version of a 16th century classic – Coventry Carol.
GOLAU GLAU – COVENTRY CAROL
As you can see above, the Golau Glau seasonal EP Myrrh & Myth is available to stream and download (for FREE) from Bandcamp on the Pin Factory label. Christmas, Yule, the solstice, Sinterklaas, Mari Lwyd, secular fun – all are celebrated here. Along with an excellent remix from Pye Corner Audio.
Myrrh & Myth FREE DOWNLOAD
Please share it with your friends and lovers.
Videos are on Vimeo here or on YouTube here (and embedded below).
On Monday 13th December, the seasonal Golau Glau EP will be released. It is a mixture of instrumental and vocal tracks.
From a Winter Solstice song to a Yule instrumental, an exploration of the stories around St. Nicholas to a sound piece inspired by the Welsh Mari Lwyd tradition, and topped off with a traditional Christmas Carol – this is Myrrh & Myth.
Full details to follow on the release date, including videos for all the main tracks. Here is the artwork. Illustration by Mr Steven Horry the Second, design and typography by the Golau Glau collective.