Double A-Side Christmas Single (Big Stir Digital Single No. 8)
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop / Kai Danzberg
It's Christmas time at BIG STIR RECORDS, and that can only mean it's time for our DOUBLE A-SIDE CHRISTMAS SINGLE, featuring a seasonal tune apiece from two of BSR's own fine artists, KAI DANZBERG and BLAKE JONES & THE TRIKE SHOP!
"String Lights and Hold On" by BLAKE and the gang and "If Santa" from KAI will be released on Friday, December 14, and are available for preorder now:
KAI DANZBERG's new original "If Santa" is a delightful holiday romp from the sessions for his forthcoming album Not Only Sunshine. Self-produced with a breezy sheen worthy of ELO or Jellyfish, the tune will also remind pop fans of the charms of the Christmas albums of yesteryear from The Beach Boys and Phil Spector. It's ear candy of the hightest order, imbued with the innocence and romantic longing of youth and the assured confidence of of a young master of his craft. Sure to become a seasonal perennial amongst fans of melody and pop songcraft, the song is exclusively available as part of this Double A-Side!
"String Lights and Hold On" from BLAKE JONES & THE TRIKE SHOP brings an urgent jingle-jangle dual 12-string guitar and flute arrangement to bear on a more questioning look at Christmas in the 21st century. Blake describes it as a Holiday-themed extension of the band's acclaimed 2018 album Make: "We live in a miraculous world. We live in a broken world. What can one’s reaction to this be, other than: String Lights!..and.. Hold on! Musically it’s a bunch of pop music Legos stuck in succession---not really having the standard verse, chorus, bridge sort of patterns. I like the idea of things bouncing frantically along, yet still being coherent." The melodic strength of the tune soars with the help of returning guitarist Michael Scott, and the bouncing quirk of prime-era XTC will surely come to mind!
Happy Holidays from all of us at BIG STIR RECORDS, and thanks for your support of the Digital Singles Series! One more release before the end of the year, and it's a great one... stay tuned!