The Beyoncé of the winter holidays is here! Unfortunately, so are the same 12 songs that echo through the halls of department stores and small businesses alike. We know you’re craving some new Christmas jams, and Christmas is the season of giving! We’ve gifted you with five indie Christmas albums you’ll absolutely love. Unwrap ‘em below!
SOCKS: JD McPherson
SOCKS is a hilariously relatable take on the modern Christmas album released by New West Records. It uniquely captures the old spirit of Christmas with cultural nuances for Millennial fun. McPherson adopts classic French horns, sleigh bells, and blues guitar that harken back to the classic Christmas albums we all know and love. Each track on SOCKS tells a familiar holiday story from all stages of the Christmas experience, from childhood to the adulting years. The title track chronicles every child’s first heartbreak – getting clothes for Christmas. Socks, in particular. McPherson’s elongated and distraught cry of “socks” so accurately pinches that childlike distress that listeners can’t help but laugh. Ugly Sweater Blues reminds everyone of the itchy sweater they were forced to wear as a child during the holiday family function. This shared Christmas trauma is likely the reason behind the popularity of ugly sweater parties. Even a self-proclaimed Grinch can enjoy Hey Skinny Santa!, which dockets the delicious gorging of Christmas dinner in cities across the U.S. Catch SOCKS on iTunes or Spotify to enjoy this Christmas merriment every year.