Some would say the best Christmas songs are those that offset tacked-on festive cheer with a good dollop of glum, lonesome longing. The young North London trio Girl Ray indulge in just such understated sadness for ‘(I Wish I Were Giving You A Gift) This Christmas’, enlisting all the classic signifiers from children’s choir to sleighbells. 7” includes a cover of Bing Cosby’s ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’.
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Not sure if you've noticed but it's about to be Christmas soon. Therefore it's open season for every indie band under the sun to unleash their Christmas songs. The otherwise great Girl Ray give it a go with this slap of indie schmaltz that is saved from terminal tedium by the distinctive vocals of Poppy Hankin that always remind me of Gruff Rhys...weirdly. Like a lot of their songs it shifts about in tempo and threatens to run away with itself at times but I'm pretty sure they are having fun.
Overleaf they attempt 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' - a lovely song they manage not to completely ruin with an organ/vocal arrangement. To be honest reviewing this record is a little like critiquing a seven year old's nativity play performance - saying anything derogatory would be like hitting a puppy.
Very nice. Have a 7.
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