Martin Cilia – Electric Christmas CD (Bombora)
A new disc of holiday recordings by Martin Cilia is a welcome arrival, even in October when thoughts haven’t quite turned towards Thanksgiving yet. As fans of Martin Cilia can imagine, the guitar tone throughout is absolutely spot-on – twangy and filled with luscious reverb and echo. What stands out though is his arrangements – he really infuses these songs, most of which are holiday standards, with freshness and vitality. I especially loved the little original interludes he sprinkles throughout – familiar melodies are separated by new melodies composed by Cilia, but in a way that fits perfectly. Plus, he’s gone even further by writing three new Christmas songs – “Christmas In July”, “Christmas Stomp” and “South Of The Equator”.