Boxer the Horse
Charlottetown’s Boxer the Horse channel the ghost of rock 'n' roll past to sling some dry sarcasm at the holiday season. “This December 25th / I'm not giving any gifts,” goes the refrain over surfy guitar and a simple structure that's nothing if not worth bumping a knee along with.
The Very Most
“Wombling Merry Christmas”
Twee swoops of boy-girl vocals and equally cute musical hooks warm the spirits of The Very Most's christmas cover—taken from an old Brit novelty act called the Wombles . Sleighbell percussion only perfects the falling-snow sentiment.
“Christmas Time Is Here”
Damien Jurado makes a a meandering march through the Charlie Brown Christmas theme. A mid-song horn solo hits the point home far more than the deployment of Jurado's falsetto here, which doesn't rise above a shruggish delivery. Like your sad uncle's fireside wimpers after a couple too many glasses of sherry.
The Civil Wars
“Tracks in the Snow”
Over acoustic plucks and spacious production that leaves plenty of room to breathe, a stilled, quiet harmony carries gorgeously evocative lines like “bend like a cathedral over me.” A winter wonder.