10 Songs, 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This former Vivian Girl cuts through the festive cheer to turn holiday classics into droning lo-fi nuggets. Even Paul McCartney's bubbly "Wonderful Christmastime" emerges a ghostly ballad, and "Rockin Around the Xmas Tree" gets dunked in watery reverb, as Cassie delivers vocals with a pout and a smirk. That drawling, fuzzy voice snakes its un-merry way through muddy layers of electric guitar (the ethereal "Blue Christmas" is exemplary), but she closes on an upbeat note, giving "The Christmas Song" the jingly sleigh-bell boost it deserves.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This former Vivian Girl cuts through the festive cheer to turn holiday classics into droning lo-fi nuggets. Even Paul McCartney's bubbly "Wonderful Christmastime" emerges a ghostly ballad, and "Rockin Around the Xmas Tree" gets dunked in watery reverb, as Cassie delivers vocals with a pout and a smirk. That drawling, fuzzy voice snakes its un-merry way through muddy layers of electric guitar (the ethereal "Blue Christmas" is exemplary), but she closes on an upbeat note, giving "The Christmas Song" the jingly sleigh-bell boost it deserves.

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