If you’ve ever wanted to hear music from The Legend of Zelda blended with Christmas, then you’re in luck. The Materia Collective has just published A Merry Hyrule Christmas. The group previously worked with producer Eric Buchholz and many arrangers to release Hero of Time in 2017. That album reimagined tracks from 1998’s renowned Ocarina of Time with a full orchestra. The Materia Collective described this Christmas album as a “festive collection of music paying tribute to The Legend of Zelda and several beloved Christmas carols”. It combines orchestra, choir, and rock. It is available now through major storefronts and streaming platforms. Buchholz, who returned for the festive project, had this to say:
A Merry Hyrule Christmas is the first album to combine music from The Legend of Zelda franchise with classic holiday tunes of various genres. We have Zelda music with a Christmas twist, as well as Christmas music with a Zelda twist! My goal was to create an album of videogame music that could blend in seamlessly with classic holiday tunes. I love the idea of folks being able to ‘trick’ their parents, grandparents, and family into listening to videogame music—without them realizing it!”
Zelda + Christmas = Pure Joy
The tracklist for A Merry Hyrule Christmas is as follows:
- Kakariko Village – 3:38
- O Sacred Light – 3:51
- Clock Town Sleigh Ride – 2:56
- Silent Knight – 3:08
- Carol of the Goddess – 3:59
- Dragon Roost Hymn – 2:52
- Din Rest Ye Merry Deku Scrubs – 3:22
- The Twelve Days of Christmas – 8:13
The Materia Collective is based out of Seattle and specializes in video game music. They work with various game companies, composers, and rights holders in order to publish video game music in exciting and creative ways. In addition to these orchestral Zelda albums, they have also published remastered and remixed soundtracks for games like Superliminal and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair.
Will you be adding A Merry Hyrule Christmas to your playlist this holiday season? Let me know in the comments below.