With the holidays approaching fast, there’s few labels that could give us a holiday release that we’d actually want to listen to. Though with their new album You Wish, Merge Records has found a way to not only release a holiday album worth hearing, the artists on it are just as intriguing. With songs from Mike Krol, Apex Manor, Will Butler and more, it’s a holiday release you’ll be happy to spin for family members.
The opening track “Keep Your Christmas” by Coco Hames is endearing as it is immense. The perfect way to open the album, Hames’ vocals dance in and take you away. The Essex Green follow suit with “Green Christmas” before Mike Krol offers up a snappy and upbeat track “Won’t Be Alone Tonight.” The quick paced song from Krol just shows how diverse the album truly is.
There’s sweet jams like “Down We Go (Sledding Song)” from Mac McCaughan and Annie Hayden. “Christmas in Prison” by Hiss Golden Messenger and Lucinda Williams is also just as tuneful, while “Love Asked Me to Stay” by Will Butler will stir your soul. The list of tracks is just as impressive as the artists who perform them here. Rockers like “Christmas Time is Here (Uh Oh)” from Fruit Bats or “Christmastime Heist” from Mikal Cronin also make for nice additions, earmarking an album that will make you happy for the holidays.
You Wish can be streamed on all streaming sites or purchased wherever you download music. The album will also be made available throughout independent record stores next month.
Image Credits: Mike Krol Photo by Brian Guido.