"Eight Candles" will appear on the upcoming holiday compilation, 'Hanukkah+," which will arrive on November 22 via Verve Forecast.
The album, produced by Grammy-winning music supervisor Randall Poster, was partially inspired by Yo La Tengo's long-standing tradition of playing eight consecutive concerts during their "Hanukkah Run."
The annual celebration will return this holiday season at New York's Bowery Ballroom from December 22 through 29, with tickets already available.
Ahead of the release of "Hanukkah+," Yo La Tengo unveiled their contribution to the album, "Eight Candles," which was written by their friend Sam Elwitt.
"When our old friend Randy Poster asked us to contribute to an album of Hanukkah songs he was putting together, we were kind of stumped. As non-practicing Jews (and non-Jews), truthfully the holiday has little meaning for us (that's the meta joke behind Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows), but we were open to inspiration. We thought maybe another friend, Sam Elwitt, could crack the code, and we think he did a fantastic job with his composition 'Eight Candles'," the trio explained in a statement.
In addition to "Eight Candles," "Hanukkah+" will also feature guest appearances by The Flaming Lips, Adam Green, Jack Black, Loudon Wainwright III, Craig Wedren and Holy Ghost's Alex Frankel.
Haim also contributed to the collection of originals and Jewish holiday standards by covering Leonard Cohen's "If I Be Your Will," while Watkins Family Hour took on Woody Guthrie's "Hanukkah Dance."
"With the collision of these artists and songs, I tried to create a spiritual reflection of one of the three big Jewish holidays. How do you make something where each song is part of a whole? I built it piece by piece, artist by artist," Poster pointed out in a statement.
While waiting for "Hanukkah +", discover Yo La Tengo's "Eight Candles":