lost vinyl gem (christmas time edition): Pedro the Lion’s “Long Way Around the Sea” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
Do you have any Christmas/ holiday traditions? We have a number in my house, perhaps the oddest of which is singing Christmas carols around the tree or by the fireplace. This in itself isn’t all that odd, but while my brother can approximately carry a tune, my parents can’t…at all. I love ’em but one of their skills is not singing. Not even close. I mean, if the melody goes up, they’ll probably sing higher, but by what interval may as well be determined by a random number generator. For a year or two there, I had some issues with this, but I’ve since come to peace with it. So in a week someone standing outside our window may hear a cacophony masquerading as “Silent Night” and I guess I’ll be alright with that.
David Bazan (and previously, Pedro the Lion) has a tradition of releasing a Christmas 7″. I think my two favorite songs from these are his cover of Low’s “Long Way the Sea” from the 2003 edition and his version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” from the 2005 edition.
“The Long Way Around the Sea” is a gorgeous, if slightly faster, version of Low’s already beautiful song. His voice works really well with it. I really like when the song switches to major key briefly there near the end. It gives the dark song a bit of hope.
His version of the traditional carol God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is transformed by his added lyrics about doubt and family history from a song that retells Christmas to a more personal narrative. The result is a gorgeous version.
I believe Suicide Squeeze is long since sold out of both of these. Please leave a comment if you know where to get them.
Like with many of these lost vinyl gems, thanks to my friend Andy for nice rips of the songs.