Singles Club: NANCY + The Orange Kyte + Peggy Sue
NANCY's "The World's About to Blow (Thank God It's Christmas" is the perfect bit of holiday jingle jangle, ready-made for shimmying ones way through the gamut of standard seasonal emotional landmines as well as the depression brought on by an increasingly dystopian reality. With a convivial, bombastic reverie, this Brightonian nugget mixes highlights of the 60s (perfectly fuzzed Spector pop), 70s (glam swagger), and 80s (swirls of sassy sax) into a spiked eggnog punch of a song.
On the psych rock end of the holiday spectrum, Vancouver's The Orange Kyte channels The Dandy Warhols on the bouncy, chemically-enhanced "No More Christmas Blues." It's a joyous little romp of a psych song, buoyant with the kind of pop giddiness that this time of year calls for, but with regret (and an unexpected climax) cutting through some of the seasonal saccharine sentiment in just the right way. A great song for breaking through any SAD symptoms you may be dealing with.
London's Peggy Sue has gone all in on Christmas spirit this year, releasing an EP, Surf Xmas, full of their take on five of the most timeless of holiday classics. These lively, engaging beach fuzz makeovers of songs like "Jingle Bells" and "Blue Christmas" are both deferential and playful, full of good cheer and loaded with charm. Perennial power "White Christmas" is now a knockout; all gorgeous harmonies, tinsel-laden slink, and an appropriately elfin feel to the appealing holiday hullabaloo.