Janelle Nadeau – “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”


Vancouver-based Janelle Nadeau is a classically-trained harpist that utilizes an elegant harp-led sound alongside her ethereal vocals to craft an engaging album of re-interpreted Christmas classics in Star of Night. Embracing some artistic interpretation in interesting instrumental choices and chord changes, Nadeau strays from the tradition of dull Christmas covers. Instead, she and her formed Nadeau Ensemble embrace Christmas and the healing power of the holidays, and holiday music in general. “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” provides a haunting though still calming take on the Christmas classic, with slightly more ominous chord changes, in the guitar arpeggio especially, gliding with ease under the magical-sounding harp accompaniment. It’s a great representation of Nadeau’s sound throughout this very pleasant Christmas release.

Stream the enchanting Star of Night in full below:

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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