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Christmas single no 245. From France where presumably they celebrate christmas like we do but without all the getting drunk and crying. The Sudden Death of Stars lament the fact that theirs is a warm Oceanic climate in which no snow falls. There is something wholly miserable about a drizzly, cloudy christmas so I know where they are coming from. I don’t know why the coca cola truck can’t just put fake snow everywhere to make it really magical.
Its a nice little jangly indie tune with some Byrds-like guitar. In fact if you weren’t listening closely you wouldn’t realise it was in any way christmas related, the only hint is the regulation sleigh bells but they are mixed down. On the B side the Sudden Death of Stars give a quite terrifying soundtrack to the image of The Pastel’s doing a christmas album (complete with Stephen McRobbie as Santa Claus).
They’ve got that out of key vocals down pat and the naive lady vocals that come in are just as flat but it reaches a lovely little chorus full of recorders that you can’t help be charmed by. Its like Spector’s Christmas album in miniature. They pronounce ‘blossom’, ‘blowsome’, I’m not sure if its a joke or just their ‘adorable’ accents.
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