To Stephen Ackles it has always been a dream to record a non-typical Christmas anthem. Not too jolly, but a tune that allows us a glimpse at both sides of Christmas time.
Stephen‘s brand new single ‘Melancholy Christmas’ will be out on November 19. The single comes as a limited edition on 7’’ vinyl, and on iTunes, Spotify, and Wimp as well.
For ‘Melancholy Christmas’ and its' B-side ‘In The Winter’ Stephen joined forces with guitarist and producer Dagfin Hovind. Together they recorded the two songs at Stephen’s home, using acoustic instruments like violin, cello, upright bass and a grand piano. “It was a lot of fun to see the house turn into a recording studio and it reminded me of Elvis Presley’s Jungle Room Sessions”.
Stephen’s comeback album ‘For More Than Only Tonight’ earlier this year was celebrated as the ‘best album in Ackles’ career’ and his performance of ‘Satan’ at Trygdekontoret has been regarded as the best musical performance on Norwegian Television in a long time. With the new Christmas single Stephen will conclude his triumphant year in style.
With his new record label Ackles has already released two singles and a full length album within one year. Stephen replies: “I feel that I’ve grown up musically at last. This is a new chapter in music for me and as a matter of fact, we are already working on new material for spring 2014”.
But first let’s celebrate and enjoy coming Christmas with these new songs. We wish you a merry and “Melancholy” Christmas