Thursday, November 30, 2023

Like Low, Corvair Premiere

Regular visitors know, we keep track of covers from Low's classic 1999 Christmas album. It's mostly Just Like Christmas that gets a touch up or a complete make over. But, as Portland-duo Corvair proves on their new, beautiful seasonal offering, other Low-originals are re-done as well. HERE is the update on Low-covers we posted last year, with links to even more blogposts.

Back to Corvair. Official release on December 1. From the press release:
Singer and guitarist Brian Naubert says of the decision to cover the song, “Low’s Christmas album, which was released in 1999, is one of my favorite holiday albums of all time. I’ve always been very interested in Christmas music, including making my own, but their record completely redefined for me what the genre could be. It’s so profound, there’s not one saccharine moment.”
Singer Heather Larimer says of the song, “I’ve been making Christmas music since my first band, Eux Autres. And I usually like to try to push the subject matter a bit dark. For instance, the first one I co-wrote (“Another Christmas at Home”) was about a dive bar in Omaha. But this year, it felt right to cover a Low song, one that is written deep inside the original Christmas Story. Even just the phrase ‘take the long way around the sea,’ with all of its sustained open vowels, is very poignant. It cracks your heart open to sing it.”
Naubert adds, “Our band owes so much to Low. They are the pinnacle of male/female harmonies, so inventive and stirring. Making this was especially important to me this year.” Good news: in 2024, Corvair will release an Xmas EP!

And now over to other Low Christmas covers we found, overlooked and loved recently (not posted earlier on this blog):

An Italian version:
Sounds like a slowed-down version of the original, but it isn't. It IS slow tho:
Ah, Braden Blake, purveyor of fine original Christmas music. And this charming cover:
Intense version:
New, this slow, ethereal version:
Slow, sultry, from Denmark: