Troika #22: A Hickensian Christmas II


Ho Ho Ho, Part 2!

Here we have another episode of Chrimbo tunes, this time with traditional songs covered by modern bands. These sound a bit more atmospheric compared last weeks more jaunty tunes!

  1. "Once in Royal David’s City" - Sufjan Stevens
    My favourite carol, performed in a plinky-plonky piano style by Sufjan Stevens (again!). Achingly beautiful
  2. "Little Drummer Boy" - Low
    Low specialise in a genre called ‘Slowcore’, and their ‘Christmas’ album from 2000 is a mix of upbeat ditties like "Just like Christmas" to the really rather dark "Long Way Around the Sea". This cover of the traditional favourite is somewhere in the middle.
  3. "The First Noel" - Over the Rhine
    I first saw Ohio’s finest back in 1992 and immediately became a fan. This is taken from their first Christmas album The Darkest Night of the Year from 1996, but they recently released a second called Blood Oranges in the Snow. This is probably my favourite piece of Christmas music - one for Christmas Eve by the fire.

Intro music is "Adultery at Christmas" by Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer

This weeks cover star is our very own Golden Retriever, Olive, named after the Christmas film Olive, the other Reindeer. Next time, I’ll be choosing my three favourite songs of 2015, but until then…

Have a very Happy Christmas!

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