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Public Domain share “#Toyland,” a star-studded Christmas collab

The latest track from Ray Angry’s music/art crossover project with Katherine McMahon features Black Thought, Questlove, Pino Palladino, and more.

December 15, 2021
Public Domain share “#Toyland,” a star-studded Christmas collab Public Domain: Ray Angry (left) and Katherine McMahon (right). Photo by Sasha Charoensub.  

Ray Angry and Katherine McMahon have shared "#Toyland," a new song and video, as part of their ongoing, collaborative project, Public Domain. In the new release, Angry reinterprets a track of the same name (sans hashtag) from Glen MacDonough's 1903 Christmas operetta, Babes in Toyland.

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Where the original is a whistful, dreamy showtune, Angry's rendition is a bombastic and stylish soul song, helped along by a star-studded cast of characters: drums from Questlove, guitar from Pino Palladino, two verses from Black Thought, a chorus from Liv Warfield, backing vocals from Marcus King, and horns from the Dap Kings.

"#Toyland," like every Public Domain release, explores cyclical generational changes and the concept of ownership by molding a work of art whose copyright has expired into our contemporary zeitgeist.

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Watch the song's colorful video treatment, directed by Tatjana Krstevski, below.

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Public Domain share “#Toyland,” a star-studded Christmas collab