Norwegian progressive rock quartet Oak have streamed their version of the popular Christmas Carol Silent Night, which you can listen to below. In a typical prog move, the band swap the harmonies and the melody of the song to bring a fresh adaptation of the seasonal favourite.
"I had just performed an Xmas concert when the idea struck me to change the harmonies and melody of Silent Night," explains vocalist and keyboardist Simen Valldal Johannessen. "The lyrics can be read as joyful and they go well with the traditional arrangement, but it was tempting to explore the fragility and melancholy that also shines through. We made a piano sketch immediately after that show and then went into the studio to make it sound like Oak. We are also working on similar material, as there is a huge treasure chest of hymns and folk music out there that we would love to interpret Oak-style.”
The quartet self-released a debut album entitled Lighthouse in 2013 that was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia). Reissued on Apollon Records three years later, it was followed in 2018 by breakthrough set False Memory Archive.