It’s that inevitable red and green-clad time of the year again when all sorts of gift ideas pop up on your feed and cheesy Christmas tunes fill the air. It could be a little bit exasperating, especially if you’re the offbeat, alternative type. Well, there’s actually a way around it: instead of succumbing to your inner Grinch, why not listen to these 5 indie holiday tunes to sauce up your next Christmas get together.
Baby It’s Cold Outside by She & Him
Taken from the duo’s 2011 Christmas album, “A Very She & Him Christmas,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is a folksy, hipster take on the holiday classic. Easy strums and drums accompany Zooey Deschanel and M.Ward’s exchanging lines. It’s the perfect song to blast for a wholesome Christmas party or when your girlfriend or boyfriend’s family asks you to play a Christmas track.
I Wish It Was Christmas Today by Julian Casablancas
Yep, the dashingly brooding vocalist released a Christmas single back in 2009, and it has all the appeal of a Brit rock classic. The sleigh bells at the first second is just the beginning, wait until you hear the thudding bass, drum beats and tempo reminiscent of The Strokes. This is the tune to play during a Christmas party when everyone is starting to get loose and revelations are starting to happen. May we also say that Casablancas holding what seems to be a glass of whiskey on the cover is all we (well, some of us) ever wanted for Christmas.
Frosty The Snowman by Cocteau Twins
If you’re thinking of skipping the whole Christmas season by hiding in your room, just think of this: even shoegaze legends, Cocteau Twins, didn’t skip on the holiday cheer back then when they released their version of this famous tune. It’s got that depressive-but-still-hopeful dreampop vibe. It’s cool as a peppermint cane (or yes, Frosty), and this has got to be our favorite version.
Is This Christmas? By The Wombats
The English indie rock trio, The Wombats, released a power-charged anthem for Christmas back in 2008, and we’re still banging our heads to its striking bass line and angry riffs. If you just can’t get your head around the whole hype and if you’re still questioning the birth of Papa Noel, then this track is perfect for you.
White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
Complete with a hypnotic Claymation music video, “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes is the kind of song that will play during the ending of an extravagant Christmas shebang. It’s wholesome and it has the signature Fleet Foxes voice blending quality that all of their fans love.