This weeks extended pack of three covers some festive releases.
The School – Christmas EP
Hey the School are back! We have not heard from them for a long time and their 1960’s pop sound lends it’s ears well to a Christmas release. Happy Christmas (Don’t Tell Me It’s Over) is a driving indiepop tune whilst Shouldn’t Be Alone For Christmas is as sing along as they come. Closing track It Won’t Be Christmas Without You is a a heartfelt, rousing pop tune.
Fascinations Grand Chorus – Christmas Dreamin’
Like The School Fascinations Grand Chorus have a 1960’s influenced sound and again it works a treat with the Christmas theme. Highlight for me is the extremely catchy Up On The Housetop which would even get Santa Claus foot tapping let alone all those reindeers!
Fred Fredburguer – No Hay Muchos Regalos (Pero A Mí Me Da Igual)
Ah – a fuzzy pop tune that obviously isn’t looking forward to the trip home for Christmas, spending time with ones family, because of the excesses, anxiety and gloom that is sometimes associated with it. Bah humbug but for all the right reasons!
Les Bicyclettes de Belsize – Another Christmas Song
Les Bicyclettes de Belsize have been mixing up imaginary film scores with indiepop for a while now and you can imagine and old back and white movie on the box whilst listening to this. Again there is something about the sixties on this track which is a pleasant and catchy song to listen too in the ol’ Christmas jumper….
The Hannah Barberas – The Hannah Barberas’ Christmas Bandwagon vol.2
The follow up to last years Christmas Bandwagon features four tracks including covers of Rueben Anderson’s It’s Christmas Time Again and the classic The Christmas Song. It’s the girl band influenced Oh Santa Claus! that is the standout track here and it is a fine ode to this time of year as one is likely to hear.
All profits from this EP go to Shelter which is a charity that combats bad housing and homelessness.