Premiere: Medieval Baebes release new video for Carol Of The Bells

Taken from the Mediaeval Baebes recent eleventh studio album MydWynter, we’re delighted to be able to premiere the new video for the beautiful ‘Carol Of The Bells’ right here today on Backseat Mafia.

The album itself is a darker reminder of the pre-Christian original of the Winter Festival, all the tracks are produced and arranged by Queen Bæbe Katharine Blake, previously founder of the recently revived Miranda Sex Garden,  MydWynter – and yes, the title is a gentle nod to Ari Aster’s unsettling pagan horror movie Midsomma.

Of the track, Katherine exclusively told us “Christmas is going spooky this year! This arrangement of Carol of the Bells, originally a Ukrainaian folk melody,  is inspired by Danny Elfman’s writing style, particularly the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. The video was filmed in two different cemeteries, as befits the eerie atmosphere of the music. The legendary Highgate cemetery provides one location, and the lesser known, and more overgrown Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington is also featured, a venue which we broke into, gorillas style, in the very early days of the band, to perform a candle-lit concert amongst the dead.”

As ever, the Baebes do a fine line in the beautiful yet mysterious, authentic yet gothic, subtle yet (in this case at least) festive singing and playing, with recorders and lutes (I think!) and a variety of percussion the order of the day, and while most of the Baebes sing the traditional Carol, so Katherine gives us something new and rather wonderful over the top.

Check it, and the brilliant pagan inspired video, here

Catch the Baebes on their supporting tour

December 2022

4th  Cardiff, Acapela Studio

6th Milton Keynes, The Stables

7th Bolton, Bolton Parish Church of St Peter

8th Leeds, Leeds Minster

9th Stoke On Trent, Stoke Minster

10th Newcastle, The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas

11th King’s Lynn, St Nicholas’ Chapel

15th Truro, Truro Cathedral

16th Chagford, St Michael’s Church

17th Glastonbury, St John The Baptist Church

18th Sandwich, St Mary’s Art Centre

19th Colchester, Colchester Arts Centre

20th Horsham, St Mary’s Church

21st London, Heath Street Baptist Church, NW3

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