Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Ho-Ho-Ho Christmas: Sufjan Stevens (& The National)

Christmas comes but once a year but music is FOREVER, and Sufjan Stevens is an artist with a prolific ability to pump out song after song (the majority of which is insanely good, only increasing my jealousy and lust for the melody maestro).

He has already created and released a bumper record chock full of Festive tracks in 2006 and now he is back with a cracker ready to burst with old and new Christmas songs, recorded with half of The National, namely the Dessner brothers. It takes us on folky, indie pop wanderings through jingle bells and, at one point, odd laser synth sounds that somehow sound as if you are shooting to the North Pole.
'No-one Can Save You From Christmasses Past' is the most melodious of melancholy, mired in that holiday gloom that somehow sounds sprightly (just see the likes of 'Blue Christmas' et al). And 'Barcarola' is the kind of rambling indie pop that Sufjan does best, fiddling along with the vocal saccharine that only Mr Stevens can spin and spurn.

Check out all of the tracks via Soundcloud below, drink some mulled wine and imagine a White Christmas (oh...never mind...)

Sufjan Stevens - Gloria! Songs for Christmas, Vol. 6 by rawkblog

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