While folk has been with us since the sixties the strand we’ve concentrated on for this playlist contains a more contemporary collection of artists. These purveyors of hushed indie folk Christmas songs may not be all that well known (apart from say Mumford & Sons) but you’ll certainly discover some new favourites to add your seasonal turntable. What distinguishes the songs on this collection is that most of them are originals, often striking in their depiction of a modern Christmas. It is quite tough to pick highlights but there are moments when you may get a chill (not winter related) down your spine. One such is Avalanche City’s ‘Snow’ which does indeed replicate the sound of falling snow. This New Zealand act released an EP of the same name in 2010 and given their location in one of the most beautiful snow-capped landscapes on the planet surely they are best placed to put it into words and music.
Mindy Gledhill’s ‘Winter Moon’ was released on a mini collection of Christmas songs from the indie folk singer in 2011. And what a pretty delight it was with Gledhill offering the sweetest of vocals that are punctuated by chirpy melodies. Equally spellbinding is England’s great indie folk hope Laura Marling who’s ode to Winter ‘Goodbye England’ is simply tear inducing. Like lots of the tracks on this indie folk Christmas songs list it is a pared back affair with much of the attention focused on the singer’s precise words and clear intonation. The skill and craft in this simple approach is a joy to witness.
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