Looking for holiday music that won’t ruin your indie cred? Denver’s pop darlings Kissing Party has released its annual Christmas tracks, and you can steal “Pretty Lights” below.
Whenever an artist releases a Christmas album, and this year we’ve got collections from various artists like Mary J. Blige and Bad Religion, you have to wonder what the hell is happening to their career. Are they that desperate? The assumption is always that the artist’s integrity has been sacrificed to a label hungry to feed on holiday sales. This is not the case with Denver indie-pop outfit Kissing Party.
For the past four years, Kissing Party has maintained a holiday music tradition that leaves everyone’s integrity intact, releasing Christmas tracks in their signature dreamy jangle-pop style. With ringing bells and and undeniable cheer, the songs are certainly seasonal, but the band blends cheer with a healthy dose of somber reality. Just check out “Merry Christmas Darling (Maybe Next Year Things Will Change)” to get a sense of how Kissing Party captures the subtly sad undertone of the holidays, despite all the talk of it being the “hap-happiest time of the year.”
This year, the band has released “Pretty Lights” and “You’re Going Everywhere Without Me,” both available for download below, on Hot Congress Records. The complete collection of annual Christmas music from Kissing Party is available as an EP entitled “Winter in the Pub,” which can be downloaded on Bandcamp. There are also videos for “Pretty Lights” and “You’re Going Everywhere Without Me.”
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration.
Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also a journeyman butcher. Seriously.