Rough Trade recommends: Smoke Fairies – Wild Winter

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I love Christmas music – my collection grows every year – but this has real longevity. Asked by RT to record an album of Christmas songs the girls have come up with this cracker.

Maybe it should be called a seasonal record as this can be played anytime, but especially during the winter as the songs more than stand up on their own. Smoke Fairies (Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies) had this to say about their album: “We have a love / hate relationship with winter and the Christmas holiday.

When it was suggested Smoke Fairies make a Christmas album the last thing we wanted to do was make a classic, jolly, celebratory album that can only be played once a year. Sometimes winter provides us with a sense of togetherness and love and sometimes it leaves us feeling alienated, cold and playing a glockenspiel alone in a darkened room. It’s part of the year that will always be bittersweet and wild. This was the inspiration behind the record.

We got together with our band, played around with the songs a few times then headed off to the studio to record them all live. It’s buzzy and raw and not one tinkling of sleigh bells can be heard.”  Too true.

Nigel House, Co-founder Rough Trade record shops

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