I’m pulled at odds on this one. While I’m notoriously Christmas Music averse, I do love San Francisco’s Blades of Joy, and the idea of new music from them is just too enticing. The band’s debut was a warm froth of indie pop and dream pop, but on this collection of Christmas oriented songs, they’re stripping the cocoon all the way back. The tape contains some traditionals, a little Broadway, and even a contentious, yet often beloved Wham inclusion. There’s also this rather stunning original by the band’s Inna Showalter. The song forgoes the instrumental approach altogether for some stark choral folk vibes. Lock into the haunting, iciness of “Snow Queen” below.
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