Monday, November 21, 2016


Like every year Dutch label Snowflake Records comes with a bunch of original Xmas 7 inches: this year four different surprises! The Manhattan Love Suicides are from Leeds and remind me of Sonic Youth, specially side A, 'Look Who Is Coming To Town (Please Let It Snow)'. B-side is a great cover of Elmo and Patsy's classic 1979 Christmas novelty 'Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer'.  The Haywains from Midsomer Norton, England, play catchy pop. 'Who Needs Summer?’ sounds a bit summery. And‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' is great raunchy pop. 'Never Had Christmas / A Winter's Tale' is a single by Rope Store. They sound like seventies glamrock. The B-side is a rework of a David Essex song from 1980. My mind was blown away by the eerie version of ‘White Christmas’ from American violinist and singer Hannah Epperson. It is nearly a modern classical piece, very original but unusual, just like her song 'Raise The White Flag’.