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Christmas Nocturne

by Sue Hutton and Athan Maroulis

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"This will certainly brighten the darkest of winter nights." - DJ Du Nord

"And when I say the words 'Sue Hutton' and 'Athan Maroulis,' you know it's going to be beautiful. So I think that's all I need to say..." - PAT 626 (Host of Subculture Shock Podcast)

"Athan and Sue have brewed a new batch of achingly beautiful, dark and velvety concoctions." - Sounds and Shadows

๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ

A string of intimately lavish dark duets offers a haunting brand of holiday caroling. Chanteuse Sue Hutton (of the beloved Canadian ensemble Rhea's Obsession and presently of Indarra) and troubadour Athan Maroulis (presently of NOIR and formerly of Spahn Ranch, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, and Executive Slacks) collaborate on new Christmas material released in time to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their track "We Three Kings" which appeared on Projektโ€™s "Excelsis Vol 2: A Winter's Songโ€ way back in 1999.

The twentieth anniversary of that luxurious recording inspired Sue and Athan to recruit the talents of producer/instrumentalist Kevin Lalibertรฉ for three new dark holiday duets where touches of ethereal and world music merge with chants and flashes of the classic 4AD sound. Sue cut her sensual vocals in Toronto while Athan crooned his in New York City in the summer of 2019.

Featured songs include a lush take on the traditional "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," originally penned in the 18th century, a pair of renditions of the beloved 1940s "Carol of the Drum," and their original 1999 exotica-flavored recording of "We Three Kings."

Projekt releases "Christmas Nocturne" November 22nd via all streaming and digital outlets.

For those who feel their holiday music doesn't offer enough moody atmosphere, Sue and Athan fill the void and please enthusiasts of Dead Can Dance, Enigma, TSO and Delerium.

๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ

Tracks 1, 2 & 3:
Produced by Kevin Lalibertรฉ in Toronto, Ontario in the Summer of 2019
All instrumentation by Kevin Lalibertรฉ
Vocals by Sue Hutton were recorded in Toronto, Ontario
Vocals by Athan Maroulis were recorded at Mindswerve Studios, NYC by Xris Smack

Track 4:
Originally released as Rhea's Obsession with Athan Maroulis
Produced by Jim Field at Divine Dissonance Studios in Toronto, Ontario in the Summer of 1999
All instrumentation by Jim Field and Sue Hutton
Vocals by Sue Hutton were recorded at Divine Dissonance Studios in Toronto, Ontario
Vocals by Athan Maroulis were recorded at JLAB Studios in Los Angeles, CA by Judson Leach

All tracks were mastered by Xris Smack at Mindswerve Studios, NYC

Cover photograph by Simon Matzinger courtesy of Unsplash


released November 22, 2019

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Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music in the ambient, electronic, ethereal & darkwave genres.

39-year-old Projekt is home to Steve Roach, Erik Wรธllo, Michael Stearns, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Aurelio Voltaire and many others. The label continues to nurture the careers of its select roster of artists.
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