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Jill Tracy brings you the holiday season's Night Music: a dark, evocative, and elegant netherworld that lurks within the shadow of Christmas. The San Francisco Chronicle has named singer / pianist / storyteller Tracy "the femme fatale for the thinking man." Enter this notorious, glorious realm and fall under her dark spell. All tracks previously unreleased.

NPR's All Things Considered: "Jill Tracy is utterly intriguing. She transports you into a magical world solely of her creation. LA Weekly: "the cult darling of the Underworld."


Jill Tracy will transport you into a seductive and magical realm far beyond the Everyday. The place where we wished we lived. A dark, elegant netherworld full of hidden passageways, wonder cabinets, and opium dens. Of monsters, marvels and mayhem. You know it's not safe here; but with Jill Tracy as your guide, you'll be in no hurry to leave.

The San Francisco-based singer/pianist/storyteller and musical evocateur has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her eerie and beautiful cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales. She has seduced iconic admirers including Jello Biafra, Lydia Lunch, David J (Bauhaus), Clive Barker, and Lemony Snicket.

What happens when this notorious chanteuse applies her dark elegance to a Christmas album? 'Silver Smoke, Star of Night' happens! Jill Tracy's lavish, shadowy interpretation of some of the more haunting classic carols. Emotional, delicate, and textural, the music was recorded in completely organic, but grand fashion- from hand-held antique chimes, bells, toys, mallets, bamboo, metals, and drums by master percussionist Randy Odell; to the mysterious heartfelt strings of cult violinist Paul Mercer. The space, the breath, the huge dynamics of the recording add to its intensity and filmic aspect. This ambiance was a crucial factor for Jill Tracy who even sampled environments, including an abandoned stairwell at night, to create the reverb sound for her piano.

"I wanted listeners to lose themselves hypnotically within this music, but also honor and embrace the imagery," Tracy explains. "'We 3 Kings' begins with a veritable score of the Magi traveling far, in the black of night, laden with strange, exotic gifts. In fact, the lyrics for 'We 3 Kings' was a major part of the reason I wanted to do this album. The little-known verses are dark and gorgeous: Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume / breathes of life of gathering gloom / sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying / sealed in the stone-cold tomb. -- These are not songs merely to be sung, but tales to be told."

'Silver Smoke, Star of Night' includes the 16th century "Coventry Carol", (a mother's lament over King Herod's Massacre of the Innocents;) a nine-minute swoon-worthy "O Come O Come Emanuel" with sweeping violins, angular piano, and an almost noir jazz contrabass, a devastatingly beautiful piano vocal version of "What Child is This," and "Room 19," Jill Tracy's original ballad about a spirit haunting a run-down hotel room after his 1947 Christmas Eve suicide.

"This album has become one of my most empowering projects yet," Jill Tracy reveals. "And one I never imagined doing. That's what makes it utterly compelling."

'Silver Smoke, Star of Night' beckons away from the cheap holiday tinsel and phony cheer to reveal a more evocative sophisticated undercurrent. This is the season's Night Music Jill Tracy's glorious realm that lurks within the shadow of Christmas and will cast you under its spell.

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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listen  1. O Come O Come Emanuel 8:22Album Only
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listen  4. What Child is This 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. We 3 Kings 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Room 19 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Carol of the Bells 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. In the Bleak Midwinter 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • ASIN: B0090PX52Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jill Tracy will transport you into a seductive and magical realm far beyond the Everyday. The place where we wished we lived. A dark, elegant netherworld full of hidden passageways, wonder cabinets and opium dens. Of monsters, marvels and mayhem, You know it's not safe here; but with Jill Tracy as your guide, you'll be in no hurry to leave...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JPDillon on March 22, 2013
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Right up front: I *highly recommend* Jill Tracy's music, including this album.

Jill Tracy's music has always been enchanting, clever, and darkly entertaining, and her sound rings true to my ears. This new album, a kind of "last minute, let's record this" effort, sounds as polished and delicious as anything that might have taken years to complete.

From the very first track I was enthralled with her rendering of these classic songs.

Hard-core Tracy fans may squawk that one track can be found on another of her albums, but I prefer to think of it as a way to introduce new listeners to her style outside of the holiday theme presented here.

Buy this album, and Diabolical Streak, and any other albums you can find. Next, go to one of her performances, such as an Edwardian Ball or a musical seance. You can thank me later......
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I like Jill Tracy and her Malcontent Orchestra. She is oddly compelling. I first discovered her on cable, where her short film "The Fine Art of Poisoning" was shown (and still can be seen on YouTube). The CD from which that was taken (Diabolical Streak) is currently unavailable but I have hope. So, if you want to experience a sample, that 5-minute short would be a good place to start.
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By David on February 11, 2014
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Wonderful addition to my Cmas music collection. The songs are relaxing and calming, and her voice is wonderful! Cool music...
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By kathy on January 9, 2015
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