It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid. Well that's what we're repeatedly told each year as Band Aid and a number of other saccharine sweet festive hits are played endlessly. It's hard to break the hold that these so called classics have, but each year many artists valiantly try to have the next festive hit/secure their future pension. They're not cool, and understandably short lived, but here's a few new favourites that you're not sick of yet to get you through Christmas Eve.
Phoenix Featuring Bill Murray - 'Alone On Christmas Day'
First up, and up top, we have an unlikely pairing. I thought it would've taken some sort of illegitimate love child with Interpol to make Phoenix any cooler, but the French indie heroes instead teamed up with the legendary Bill Murray. Opting to cover 'Alone On Christmas Day' by The Beach Boys for Murray's Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas, it's a enjoyable few minutes even if the full show wasn't.
The Snails - 'Snails Christmas (I Want A New Shell)'
You might not have heard of The Snails but you should have heard of Future Islands by now. Sharing two of the same members (Sam Herring and William Cashion), the side project surfaced in 2013 with an EP called Worth The Wait, and this year they chose to release their track 'Snails Christmas (I Want A New Shell)'. Molluscs aren't normally synonymous with Christmas but this is a real festive treat after it quietly slid under most radars a couple of years ago.
Nothing - 'Jolly St. Nick'
It's been a rough year for Nothing to say the least, but with their sophomore LP Tired Of Tomorrow on the horizon, things are finally looking up for the Philadelphian Shoegaze band. I wouldn't normally associate their music with Christmas but here they are covering the traditional 'Jolly St. Nick' in true faded/reverb filled style. It's made funnier by the fact that they "got annihilated on red wine at 11am" making it for Rolling Stone magazine.
Oscar - 'It's Christmas Again'
New favourite and up-and-comer Oscar had a great year and he's capped it off with a new composition 'It's Christmas Again'. Feeling far more angsty than the standard Christmas track, this suits my pace far better than 'Mistletoe And Wine' ever could. In his own words:
"This song goes out to everyone who's ever felt alone or like there's something/someone missing for them around this time of year. I've had quite varied Christmases in my life and so really I poured them all into this song. I hope you have a good one."
Well said. I'm still tipping him for big things, and you can findsome more of his music in the GET TO KNOW profile I released in July.
The Killers - 'Dirt Sledding'
The Killers have returned with their tenth annual Christmas single, this time entitled 'Dirt Sledding'. It's a charity release at least, raising money for Product Red, that HIV/AIDS 'awareness' charity. It's a bit of a mess, and unlike some of the other tracks on this list, this is one I'm happy to leave alone.
Fetty Wap Feat. Monty - 'Merry Xmas'
...and finally we have something a little leftfield. Fetty Wap exploded onto the scene in 2015 when his sleeper-hit 'Trap Queen' roared into life and climbed up singles charts around the world. Anyway, as a final farewell to his career defining year he's shared 'Merry Xmas' featuring Monty which should have everyone up and dancing once the alcohol begins to flow. Definitely not your standard Christmas track, but very much welcomed.
Merry Christmas everybody, look after yourselves.