Christmas music for people who hate Christmas music! The Ornaments EP was released winter 2011 as a limited run companion to The Invincible Czars' 2007 Nutcracker Suite album. Ornaments built upon group's affinity for re-inventing and even warping known and beloved songs in their own image through a process they call "Czarification" (closely related to "Austinization"). Opening the album is the most polarizing holiday work to date from the band - a unsettling, spooky seven-four version of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" that would suit a drunken saxophone riding through a Disneyland haunted house. The band follows this with a middle eastern version of thecarol "O Little Town of Bethlehem" re-worked to sound more like music one might actually hear in Bethlehem. Mele Kalikimaka is a quick country-ish romp through the Hawaiian holiday number featuring a flutter tongued flutophone solo from Leila Henley. Vince Guarldi's "Christmastime is Here" is given a bossa nova treatment and sung in Protuguese and is the undistputed hit of the disc if it there is one. The final piece, White Christmas, brings the band closer to the realm of psyche-rock than they've come before. Drop tuned heavy guitars and swirly organs match with horn, violin and whales singing in a way Bing Crosby and Irving Berlin would've probably found preposterous. Recorded at Ohm Recording Facility in Austin, TX by Chico Jones Autumn 2011. Arrangements: The Christmas Song - Josh Robins O Little Town of Bethlehem - Josh Robins Mele Kalikimaka - Phil Davidson O Natal Chegou - Leila Henley/Josh Robins White Christmas - Josh Robins The Invincible Czars on this recording: Phil Davidson - violin Dave Irish - drums Leila Henley - winds, voice Bill Petersen - keyboards Josh Robins - guitar Hen3ry Q Vines - bass, glockenspiel special guest Ethan Vlah - percussion on 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'