Christmas Record is the new 7 song ep by Dan Byrk (MS). I wrote about him here and still love the unreleased song “Summer Heroine”. His work with Toronto’s The Bicycles has gained him newfound notoriety as well has the recent review by none other than Pitchfork of his long out of print Scratchie Records debut Lover’s Leap.
Someone halfheartedly complained recently in the comments section that the Christmas song I linked to didn’t sound enough like Christmas. I guess they meant an idealized Christmas where everyone’s happy and families get along and we don’t have to go back to work the next day. But the majority of folks don’t live that Christmas so here’s Dan Byrk’s (although “Cozy Evenings” is a cover) take on Christmas. These are songs that use Christmas as a backdrop to make some broader point, usually a very melancoly one about lonliness and missed opportunities. Because of that they are timeless and not just somethingto be consumed and used up over the holidays.
“She Doesn’t mean A Thing To Me Tonight” from Lover’s Leap