Monday, December 20, 2010

Wonderful Christmastime?

Four days short of the festivities, a few last Christmas freebies to catch up with. Leading the field is Banjo Or Freakout, who applies his aereated, crackling sub-aqueous gauze to ten of your festive favourites on XA2010. Only a thousand downloads are available for free, but last year's not entirely similar effort is still available. Those meanwhile wondering what would happen if Johnny Foreigner expanded on their downer of a Christmas effort (see posts passim) are guided towards an EP by impetuous (and currently drummerless FWIW) Birmingham-based youths LookiMakeMusic, and knowing them as we do that comparison probably isn't coincidental. It's called This Is How We Go Quietly Into The Night.

On a somewhat bigger scale, Beach House have a song out, I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun. As you always imagined, the sentiment is not a stretch for Victoria or Alex. Even the sleigh bells in the background sound like business as usual. Ooh, now, hold up, listen to this:

Sufjan Stevens - Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree) by Hypetrak

Sufjan Stevens, a man who put out a five disc Christmas songs box set last year, has eked out a couple of new efforts, of the hushed banjo frame rather than everything in a blender approach of recent days. Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National are on them too. The other is Silent Night, trad arr.

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