Christmas isn't all fun and games, y'know.
It's oppressive event capitalism, a time of the year when the temperature drops and the enforced jollity can be a bit too much.
Charles Cave - also of White Lies - takes a pot-shot at this with his new festive cut, a solo piece that lingers on the darker side of Advent.
Out on December 16th it's called 'This Fucking Time Of Year' and it's bleak wit captures something about the festive season. He explains:
"I think it is every musician’s duty to have a stab at a Christmas song, if only once. The festive season is full of all the emotions that fuel the best songwriting at all other times of the year, so digging into those complicated family dynamics, the bleak weather, the reflecting of the year gone by can be hugely inspiring for an emotive pop song. Christmas, visually, is all about decoration and sickly colours, so it felt appropriate to make a very rich sounding 80’s ballad to reflect that. I hope this is a song that pulls on the heart-strings with a wry grin whilst simultaneously rising a fist to the air above ones mullet. For the video, I found some really moving home-footage of a Christmas in Pennsylvania that just instantly worked with the song. It barely needed editing. I got lucky!"
Watch the video below.
Charles Cave is set to release a new EP in 2017.