If you are on the lookout for something fresh and new each December then the best place might just be the indie rock arena which is a genre that has truly embraced the season. The bonus is that much of the festive material from indie bands is original so you’ve every chance of discovering a new entry on your annual playlist with each passing Christmas. Indie rock Christmas songs are by their very nature guitar based and often come with a defined memorable chorus. The Killers may have left their indie leanings to one side but that hasn’t stopped them from proffering a new Christmas song each year. And it is their ‘I Feel It In My Bones’ that opens this playlist with the Las Vegas troupe putting the cactus and desert landscapes to one side for something a little chillier.
Grandaddy may be no more but they left a rich musical legacy, their melancholy chimes were just perfect for breaking your heart. But on their one and only Christmas song, ‘Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland’, their instead turned to levity for their kicks by transforming ‘Winter Wonderland’ into an ode to their hero Alan Parsons. Bright Eyes served us up a lovely Christmas record in 2002 and his version of ‘Blue Christmas’ was one its many delights. As Conor Oberst’s vocals wobbles we are not sure if this is a direct result of his lonesome state over the holidays or just one eggnog too many.
Birmingham’s The Twang also jumped on the cover bandwagon and in the process turned Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ into a faux country lament. And as much as that sounds alien it is works a treat given the subject matter. Nu-shoegazers the Raveonettes went one step further by recording a splendid new song called ‘Christmas In Cleveland’, from their 2008 ‘Wishing You A Rave Christmas’, and their sparkling sound does all it can to replicate the traditional snowy white landscape. Our final mention goes to the Shins who took on Paul McCartney’s less than soporific ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ in 2012 for the ‘Holidays Rule’ compilation. The 4-piece added lots of neat touches and there is barely a cheesy synth in sight which should please those not inclined to be within easy earshot of the original.
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