This Christmas, even the biggest Scrooge will have something to smile about as platinum-selling recording artist Matt Dusk spreads a little retro cheer with his album Old School Yule! A Christmas album that embraces the festive swagger of the 1960s, Old School Yule! is an uptempo, cocktail party album that will have you feeling a little “Ring-a-Ding-Ding” while you croon along to “Fa-La-La-La-La”. The album will be released Friday November 3, 2017 (True North Records / Universal Music Canada).
“It’s supposed to feel like a classic variety show,” says Dusk. “I wanted to record an album that you would have sitting on the turntable right next to your Bing Crosby Christmas records.”
If retro is what you’re looking for, Dusk‘s album has everything you need. The sixteen tracks contain many of the most popular holiday classics, from “White Christmas” to “Jingle Bells”. Along for the (sleigh) ride are some new songs and a few twists on some old favourites. The album also features an original holiday hit, “Snowed In With You”, written by Dusk himself.
“Christmas songs are really the only standards we have left,” says Dusk. “I’m so happy to be able to take this music I grew up with and share it with everyone from lifelong fans of Christmas music to future generations just now discovering them.”
Dusk is no stranger to those future generations. The JUNO-nominated singer celebrated the birth of his first child, Kaia-Mae, in 2016. It was this milestone that really put the idea of a Christmas record into his head.
“It really is a lifelong dream come true,” Dusk says, referring to his baby daughter. “My fondest memories from my childhood are those Christmases by the fireplace, listening to Nat King Cole with my parents. It’s going to be amazing to share that with my own daughter… and with my own album!”
Dusk isn’t alone in the celebration. Old School Yule! contains new duets with several celebrated singers. Barbara Lica joins him on a lively version of “Let it Snow!”, Sophia Perlman reminds the kids that “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and Emma-Lee sticks around for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.
Old School Yule! doesn’t hold back the music or the musicians. The album contains over a hundred musicians, including a full orchestra, big band, and Dusk’s own childhood choir; St. Michael’s Choir School. It’s one of the biggest albums of Dusk’s career, but he’s taking it all in stride.
“If you loved all those Christmas specials on TV from the sixties and seventies, I think you’re really going to love Old School Yule! It’s got almost everything you could want from a holiday record,” says Dusk.
Old School Yule! – Track Listing:
- Happy Holiday
- Sleigh Ride
- The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
- The Christmas Song
- Santa Claus Is Coming to Town with Sophia Periman
- Jingle Bells
- White Christmas
- I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
- Baby It’s Cold Outside with Emma-Lee
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- Donde Esta Santa Claus
- Marshmallow World
- Let It Snow! with Barbra Lica
- Snowed In With You
- Winter Wonderland
- Do You Hear What I Hear with St Michael’s Choir School