A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Sketch for Winter I:
New Christmas Classics
Catalog #: GN24
Black liquorice cassette tape, limited to 300
- 1. Shut Your Mouth, It's Christmas
- 2. Saturn Pulls Me Apart (Death of the Unconquerable Night)
- 3. Fantasia on Xmas (From Vaughan Williams)
- 4. The Strange Presents of Idols (Merry Christmas!)
- 5. All I Want for Christmas Is You (This is Peter McCallister, The Father Version)
When it comes down to it, there's no one else we'd rather settle down with for Christmas festivities than A Sunny Day in Glasgow. The Philadelphia six-piece has always had a knack for unexpected arrangements, meticulous layering and editing, and downright addicting wordplay and melodies, all delivered with the band's dark sense of humor. Now kicking off the first in our four-part 'Sketch for Winter' cassette series is A Sunny Day in Glasgow's aptly titled New Christmas Classics.
Hot off the heels of Sea When Absent, the band's fascinating fourth LP released earlier this year on Lefse, New Christmas Classics both heightens the band’s sense of detail and concept while simultaneously stripping it all down to an intimate affair. Featuring heartfelt covers and artful, shoegaze pop, Sketch for Winter I's five songs play like a holiday mixtape to anyone willing to listen.
"Shut Your Mouth, It's Christmas" sets the scene with unabashed flair and enthusiasm for the season, immediately inserting itself into your psyche with an earworm's hook and instilling aural space with faux snow and genuine sentiment. "Saturn Pulls Me Apart (Death of the Unconquerable Night)" continues the bizarro festivities with super-saturated passages of frigid, amped-up shoegaze that snugly soundtracks our collective, snow-bound melancholy.
"Fantasia on Xmas (From Vaughan Williams)" mines the trusted songbook of yore, providing more than an ounce of trusted chamber pop and showing A Sunny Day in Glasgow in their most intimate, acoustic form, warmly accompanying the figurative yule log. "The Strange Presents of Idols (Merry Christmas!)" speaks to the band's vocal pop expertise, playing up the alluring seduction of a lost Stereolab B-side produced by Phil Spector, leaving only New Christmas Classics' closing tune, which will surely be recognized by anyone lucky enough to catch a holiday-time set by the band. Bundle up and come along!
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