Brand new music videos courtesy of Kirtland Records: The Polyphonic Spree & Smile Smile!

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HIP Video Promo is welcoming the seasonal cheer from Polyphonic Spree’s album Holidaydream, a great gift and stocking stuffer! This choral symphonic rock band from Dallas, Texas relies on a variety of vocal and instrumental color by featuring a choir, flute, trumpet, trombone, and other various instruments. The lead vocals of Tim DeLaughter introduces the warm undertones of what the upcoming holiday season has to offer in this exciting new clip “Silver Bells (Reprise).”

Polyphonic Spree formed in 2000 as a collaboration of thirteen musicians, exciting music fans from all over the nation. With four studio albums, three EPs, and countless singles, the band has had their eccentric music featured on various film soundtracks including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mozart and the Whale, and Keeping Up with the Steins. Over twenty musicians have collaborated with Polyphonic Spree over the years, adding heightened vibrations and whimsical notes to the eclectic sounds of this coming-of-age band. The release of their first ever holiday album is set to fuel the fire on the Yule log for the upcoming season, and the renditions of holiday songs that Polyphonic Spree has crafted so well will surely bring timeless and classic holiday cheer.

Always one to go above and beyond for their audiences, “Silver Bells (Reprise)” is just one of several upcoming video clips from Holidaydream and Polyphonic Spree presents the vision of holiday cheer in the warmest welcoming fashion. Lead singer DeLaughter is seen whimsically dancing around throughout Santa’s workshop where Holidaydream LP records are being made (which is actually a real pressing plant in Dallas). The classic approach to the holiday season makes this video seem like it’s from another time, promoting the original holiday fashion. Dressed in a wardrobe straight out of A Christmas Carol, DeLaughter merrily excites Santa’s helpers who are diligently getting ready for the holiday season by packaging copies of Holidaydream for all the good boys and girls. Click HERE for the full bio!

Smile Smile, the Texas pop duo, has an irresistible charm, having had their songs aired on MTV’s dating show NEXT, and featured in the cult comedy Jack and Jill vs. the World. They’ve taken their act across the country, earning a nomination for best folk-rock song at the Los Angeles Independent Music Awards and another for Best American Act at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. They’ve performed and headlined everywhere from NYC’s Living Room to SXSW in Austin. All this touring, combined with a substantial fan base including thousands of followers on Twitter, has made it known that Smile Smile enthusiasts seem to be everywhere.

The personal lives of the principal characters has remained public, given that guitarist/singer Ryan Hamilton and pianist/singer Jencey Keeton were once a couple. Despite a typically horrific breakup, they continue to harmonize beautifully onstage throughout their performances. However, they have acknowledged that there was no hiding their story, so Smile Smile has decided instead to embrace it. Their previous full-length album Truth On Tape is a brutally honest examination of a relationship in a tangle, sung from the perspectives of two young lovers with the best intentions. On their new album, also titled Marry A Stranger, the band further examines their unique dynamic, but draw from deeper within their external musical influences to flesh out their sound and develop themselves into an act that could fit right at home either on your radio or on your living room sofa.

The “Marry A Stranger” video begins at a wedding altar, shedding light on the fact that two lovers are marrying the wrong people. We watch in suspense as both leave their current engagements alone at the altar, disappointing family members and friends as they run to one another’s arms. “Marry A Stranger” includes personal lyrics such as “it seems so much safer / than going through the whole damn thing again.” The sultry guitar riffs and extraordinary piano notes echo a sound resembling Fountains of Wayne, giving this Smile Smile song an eclectic, yet classy feel. This account of love captures the idea of how honest true love is, and when it is real there is no denying it. Click HERE for the full bio!