Christmas is just around the corner, music blogs throughout cyber space are churning out lists like suburban houses churn through giga-watts of neon christmassy goodness. Not to be out-done we present our choice of brand new indie music slash Christmas song goodness Polyphonic Three style. It’s true you can’t go past the classics at Christmas but these guys are giving it a shot and not in a crappy pop idol way either! Strawberry Whiplash, The Wave Pictures and a Surprise Wham cover by Florence + the Machine await you…
First up is a neat little track from Strawberry Whiplash, full of fuzz and buzz. In all honesty it’s perhaps not the greatest track ever form the duo who are normally superb at creating the indie equivalent to hubba bubba. The track is sweet and bubbly lo-fi music which has just enough jingle jangle winter fun to pass itself of for a Christmas song. Taken from the festively fuzzy Matinée EP which features five new tracks from the Matinée collectives most beloved artists. The Strawberry Whiplash track – Santa Needs a Holiday is available as a free mp3 nestled alongside Math & Physics Club, Bubble Gum Lemonade and Champagne Riot. Check it out, it’s better than Cliff Richard and is available free from the nice folks at Austin Town Hall
Second up on the festive Polyphonic offering are The Wave Pictures with their fun ditty ‘We dress up like snowmen’. They’re a London based trio who’ve been knocking out tunes for the last ten years or so. Veterans for the brand new music pages of norm. Like a well worn pair of sports shoes their music is grubby, slightly shabby yet it feels so good it’s hard not to like it. 3 chord indie tunes at their best, bringing it back to it, honest, bare and most basic but fun. Like Oasis before the chav’s got a hold and ruined them with their fake Burberry and really white trainers, or long forgotten groups like Octopus or Bluetones – The Wave Pictures are fun, innocent and raw, better still they’re singing Christmas hits. Nice.
Lastly I was going to post Sufjan Stevens ‘This was the worst Christmas’… it’s touted as being beautiful… I’m not entirely sure I’m feeling it? Will give it a spin on the show this weekend and see what you all think before continuing.
Sorry Sufjan keep your humble Christmas twee, with soft lyrics and musing melodic charm to yourself. We have an instant winner. I saw this online and needed to share immediately. Florence + the Machine singing Last Christmas. The Wham anthem for all things festive, kitsch and right with the world. Florence recorded the track at the BBC for Fearne Cotton’s Radio 1. Nice one Flo
Happy Christmas people!